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Pandemic Flu Information

For Students, Faculty & Staff

This information is provided to employees and students of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School to inform you and help you prepare for the possibility of pandemic flu. This information can be accessed at any time but remember that services such as Internet access may be disrupted during an emergency.

What is pandemic flu?

  • A pandemic is a global disease outbreak.
  • In 1918, 1957 and 1968, the flu season in the U.S. was especially severe and resulted in a much higher number of illnesses and deaths. This more dangerous form of flu is called pandemic flu; it affects a larger part of the population across a wide geographic area.
  • Public health experts believe that a flu pandemic is likely to occur again in the future. An influenza pandemic may be caused by either swine (pig) or avian (bird) flu viruses.

What's Happening Now?

There are currently cases of human infection with swine influenza A (H1N1) throughout the world, including the United States.

Health professionals are concerned about the possibility that this virus could become a pandemic for the following reasons:

  • It is being spread from human to human.
  • The age group most affected is healthy, young adults (unlike seasonal flu)
  • Like other influenza viruses, it continues to evolve.

In late March and early April 2009, cases of human infection with swine influenza A (H1N1) viruses were first reported in Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas. Other U.S. states have since reported cases of swine flu infection in humans and cases have been reported internationally as well.

The World Health Organization is coordinating a global response to human cases of the H1N1 swine flu and monitoring the corresponding threat of an influenza pandemic. Access the (WHO) Swine Influenza Web site for the current international situation.

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