East Carolina University says it is monitoring the swine flu situation.
The ECU Emergency Response Team and the Pandemic Planning Group are closely watching the developments as they evolve.
The university says Student Health Services and ECU Physicians are treating this situation as a seasonal flu outbreak. They recommend an emphasis on good hand washing practices and masking of coughing patients.
ECU says those procedures may change based on information provided by state and local health officials and their pandemic plans.
The university says students and staff should begin following these general practices:
� Monitor the national and local news.
� Review the ECU pandemic plan and consider the need for a more detailed plan in your department.
� If you feel sick, please stay home until your symptoms subside; don't travel.
� Wash your hands frequently throughout the day.
� Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth until you wash your hands.
� Cough and sneeze into your sleeve. To learn the new sneeze etiquette, please view the video at http://www.coughsafe.com/media.html.
� Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
� Practice good health habits - get plenty of sleep, exercise, eat nutritious meals, manage stress and drink plenty of fluids.