No swine flu in Japan yet, but universities have already reacted with panic

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    With the Golden Week holiday beginning, several Japanese universities have sent out messages to students warning them about the dangers of swine flu.

    A friend attending Nihon University sends the following excerpt from a warning e-mail sent out to all students:

    日本大学は全学渡航禁止命令を出しました。
    日本国内で一人でもインフルエンザが確認された場合、全学休講となります。
    外出をなるべくひかえ人混みに行かないように注意。

    Student travel is forbidden, and students are told to avoid going out – especially to crowded places. The e-mail states that if one single human infection is confirmed in Japan, the whole school will be shut down.

    And a reader at Waseda has forwarded us this official warning about the flu:

    今後、日本国内で人から人への感染が確認された段階で、授業を
    休講とし、全キャンパスを立ち入り禁止とし、自宅学習とします。
    大学内で予定されている全ての行事等諸活動および課外活動につ
    いても禁止となります。

    なお、自宅外通学の学生については、基本的に帰省することとし、
    帰省できない学生については、食糧備蓄などの対策・準備が必要で
    す。

    If any confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission occur,
    Waseda University will cancel classes, close campus, and have
    students be on-call at home. Also any activities or
    extracurricular activities planned on-campus will all be
    cancelled.

    Please make sure to take precautionary measures such as
    stockpiling essential items such as food and water.

    We’ve also heard from a reliable source that Nippon Dental University is anticipating a flu outbreak and has already cancelled classes on May 7th and 8th.

    I can understand schools wanting to avoid liability issues, but closing down an entire campus if one single person in Japan is sick with swine flu seems like overkill.

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