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