Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Record Update First

Flu travel ban continues

U-M continued its ban on university-sponsored travel to Mexico this week, following guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Even though state and federal health officials said the outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1) was not as bad as first thought, the CDC still is recommending against unnecessary travel to Mexico, explains Dr. Robert Winfield, chief health officer for the university.

On Wednesday the Michigan Department of Community Health announced that it was scaling back its emergency response to the so-called swine flu because the virus is much milder than previously suspected and comparable to seasonal flu.

On Thursday the CDC issued new interim guidelines for how colleges and universities should respond to probable or confirmed cases of the flu. The CDC does not recommend canceling classes or canceling large gatherings. All of the initial steps taken by the university are consistent with the new CDC guidelines.