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May 14, 2009

Pitt posts H1N1 flu info

Pitt is posting updates on the H1N1 influenza, or swine flu, outbreak at

The web site includes the latest news; information on Pitt and UPMC resources; local, state and federal government plans; travel advisories, as well as links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization and the Allegheny County Health Department.

As of May 12, CDC had recorded 3,009 laboratory-confirmed cases in 45 states. There have been three deaths in the United States attributed to the H1N1 flu.

To date, there have been no cases reported on any of Pitt’s five campuses. There has been one confirmed case of the flu in Allegheny County. (The illness was not severe for the patient, a man in his 30s who has since recovered.) There are now 17 confirmed H1N1 cases reported across the state.

According to a University statement issued April 27, “Pitt faculty, staff and students traveling to regions of the United States and the world where swine flu cases have been reported should carefully consider the most current advisory information published by federal officials prior to traveling.

“The University will maintain contact with local, state and federal health authorities as this situation evolves, and will provide information via this web site as it becomes available.”

—Peter Hart

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