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					               SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 40 (NEW WESTMINSTER)
                         BOARD OF EDUCATION
Phone:   (604) 517-6240                                                                                          1001 Columbia Street
Fax:     (604) 517-6390                                                                                  New Westminster, BC V3M 1C4




                                  Swine Flu Bulletin
                                                                           April 29, 2009




Fraser Health is currently working with other British Columbia health authorities, the BC Center
for Disease Control, and the Public Health Agency of Canada, among other partners, to
investigate and respond to the recent incidents of swine flu. Three human cases of swine flu, all
involving travel history to Mexico, have been confirmed in British Columbia.
The symptoms of swine flu can be similar to the symptoms of a regular seasonal flu infection
which may include fever, cough, headache, general aches, fatigue and other symptoms. Some
individuals with swine flu have also reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and
diarrhea.
The New Westminster School District will continue to operate all educational programs and
school activities as per usual unless we receive a recommendation from the Fraser Health
Authority to do otherwise. At this time, the FHA is offering the following general
recommendations which parents may find useful:


         o   Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw
             the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you do not have a tissue, cough or
             sneeze into your sleeve;
         o   Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or
             sneeze. Alcohol-based hand gels are also effective as long as hands are not
             visibly dirty.
         o   Try to avoid close contact with sick people;
         o   Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way;
         o   If you get sick with mild illness, stay home and limit contact with others to keep
             from infecting them;
         o   If your symptoms become more severe contact your health care provider.


For more information on swine flu and for regular updates, please visit:
www.fraserhealth.ca/HealthTopics/CommunicableDiseases/swineflu/Pages/default.aspx

Sincerely,



Dr. J. Woudzia
Superintendent of Schools



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