Throughout the spring of 2009, the University of Minnesota provided students, faculty, and staff with updates about H1N1 preparedness and responses at the U. An archive of those communications can be found below.
Sprin 2009 Updates for the University community
Site Update: June 18, 2009: The spread of the novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu) is increasingly common and occurring throughout Minnesota. Read the University of Minnesota's latest H1N1 update.
Site Update: June 11, 2009: The World Health Organization (WHO) raised the pandemic alert level to 6 today, formally declaring the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic. The increase in pandemic alert level reflects the continued geographic spread across the globe; it does not mean that the H1N1 influenza virus has become more virulent. This announcement was expected. While it doesn’t change our planning and response efforts at the University of Minnesota, it confirms the importance of our continued attention to this issue and preparations to respond to whatever may evolve in the months ahead. Read the full WHO statement.
H1N1 (swine) novel influenza update
Over the past few weeks, much has been learned about the cases of H1N1 novel influenza. This virus currently appears to be acting like seasonal influenza in terms of the severity of illness and the transmission of infection.