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An influenza pandemic is a global spread of disease caused by a novel influenza against which the human population has low or no immunity. This spread of disease will have potentially devastating health, economic, and social impacts, particularly for developing countries, which suffer a higher disease burden and are more vulnerable.

The University closely monitors the level of the SAR Government’s response to the pandemic influenza, along with other communicable diseases, and stays vigilant with public health measures. If the situation warrants, the University may set up a task force to monitor the development of pandemic, assess its impact on university activities, and coordinate efforts between internal and external parties.

Health, Safety and Environment Office (HSEO) is a central coordinator for influenza pandemic preparedness and the Central Reporting Unit for new cases. Individual departments also appoint respective flu pandemic coordinators as part of the University’s effort to maintain effective communication for pandemic preparedness and guard against communicable diseases.

  • Colleagues and students who have contracted or are suspected to have contracted communicable diseases are encouraged to notify their respective Head of Department and HSEO via the designated forms.
  • Procedures to follow when dead wild birds are found on campus:
    Staff and students should avoid touching it or its droppings as it may carry the avian flu virus. They should notify Campus Control Centre (emergency line: 2766 7999). The Centre will cordon off the adjacent area to prevent other persons from coming into contact with the dead bird and will call the Government hotline 1823 to arrange for bird collection and Facilities Management Office (FMO) / Campus Facilities Management (CFM) staff will disinfect the adjacent area after removal of the bird.
  • PolyU departments / units should formulate a “Pandemic Flu Contingency Plan” and appointed a “Departmental Pandemic Flu Coordinator”. HSEO may provide assistance as required.
  • HSEO will coordinate follow-up actions when members of the PolyU community are diagnosed to be infected with communicable diseases, including notifiable infectious diseases such as Avian Flu, Legionnaires' disease, SARS :
    • The infected person should notify HSEO via the pandemic flu coordinator of his / her unit / department as soon as possible. HSEO will then liaise with FMO and the respective unit / department to identify the on-campus areas to be disinfected.
    • HSEO will work with the respective unit / department to locate other staff / students with a history of close contact with the patient, and request these “potential viral carriers” to adopt precautionary measures to prevent further transmission of the disease.

 

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