Universities, schools, businesses and institutions in the province remain on high alert after a Stellenbosch student died as a result of H1N1, or swine flu, two weeks ago. This was the first reported fatality in South Africa as a result of H1N1.
A special task team, headed by Communication and Marketing Department executive director Gerda Kruger, has been formed at UCT to monitor the situation on a daily basis.
A risk-assessment committee meets regularly to assess the extent of our exposure to the flu, and to update university protocols on how to deal with the pandemic.
UCT has also geared up its information campaign on swine flu, with a dedicated webpage featuring comprehensive information on H1N1 symptoms, frequently-asked questions about swine flu, advice and important telephone numbers for healthcare advice and facilities, both on- and off-campus. Posters and flyers have been distributed to all residences and campuses.
Though most cases of H1N1 have been mild, with patients recovering without medical attention, anyone reporting a fever, cough, headache, body aches, sore throat or runny nose should seek medical care.
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