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WIU Update: Swine Flu Outbreak; Nonessential Travel to Mexico Halted

April 28, 2009

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Western Illinois University officials have halted all nonessential travel to Mexico based on an updated travel health warning issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding Swine Flu (

According to Mary Margaret Harris, director of Western's Beu Health Center, as of 6 p.m. April 27, the CDC is recommending that U.S. travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Mexico.

"Based on the CDC's most recent recommendations, the University is ceasing all nonessential travel to Mexico. At this time, the summer study abroad trips to Mexico, as well as our summer exchange program with universities from Mexico, are on hold until further notice," said WIU President Al Goldfarb.

Beu Health Center staff will continue to perform influenza surveillance. If an individual comes to the health center with flu-like symptoms, Beu's healthcare providers will ask a series of questions to determine if the illness is perhaps related to Swine Flu, Harris added

For more information, contact Beu Health Center at (309) 298-1888.

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