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Pandemic Flu Plan

Level One - Suspected/Confirmed Cases of Human-to-Human Transmission of Avian Flu

  1. Public Safety will contact all necessary members of the Campus Emergency Resource Team (see Chapter 3) and convene them for a meeting.
  2. The Director of Student Health will coordinate with the Southeast District Health Department to determine an appropriate University response and will be responsible for educating the Resource Team regarding the latest information.
  3. The Incident Commander, Director of Public Safety, will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of the following roles:
  4. A. Student Health Center will be responsible for:
    • Increased disease surveillance according to CDC and State Health Directives in the following areas:
      • Student Health Center
      • Office of International Admissions
      • Athletics
      • Housing
    • Identification of and care for cases per CDC Directives.
    • Ordering more Personal Protective Equipment or PPE (i.e., gloves, masks, etc.).
    • Confirm network for obtaining antiviral medications and vaccines.
    • Obtain appropriate standing orders.
    • Set up different traffic flow in the Student Health Center.
    • Obtain current information on Avian Flu (or other types) and work with the University Relations to put out informative and preventive information on Avian Flu to the University Community.
    • Work with appropriate University personnel to prepare for possible isolation and quarantine.

Isolation is used for a person suspected or diagnosed with the disease. The person should be in isolation in the hospital or at their own home. A place to isolate a person here on campus is needed if we have an on-campus resident who was unable to be immediately transported home.

Quarantine will be used for healthy persons who have been exposed to the suspected or diagnosed case. The person(s) should be kept in a place where they have no contact with others for the duration of the incubation period. If no symptoms develop in that time frame they may be taken out of quarantine. If a person develops symptoms they are to be moved to isolation.

B. Public Safety:

C. Facilities Management:

D. Technical Safety:

E. University Relations:

F. Dean of Students Office:

G. President's Office:

H. University Housing:

I. Food Services(Director of Student Union)

Level Two - There is a suspected case on campus or suspected/confirmed cases in Southeast Idaho

  1. The Campus Emergency Resource Team will convene and be provided the latest information on Avian Flu.
  2. Student Health Center will be responsible for educating the Campus Emergency Resource Team.
  3. The Incident Commander, Director of Public Safety, will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of the following roles:

A.The Student Health Center:

B.Public Safety:

C. Facilities Management:

D.Technical Safety:

E.University Relations:

F.Dean of Students Office:

G.President's Office:

H.Housing:

I. Food Services (Director of Student Union):

Level Three - Confirmed Case On Campus (Only essential personnel required to report to campus)

The Campus Emergency Resource Team will convene and be provided the latest information on Avian Flu.

A.Student Health Center:

B.Public Safety:

C. Facilities Management:

D.Technical Safety:

E. University Relations:

F. Dean of Students Office:

G.President's Office:

H. Housing:

I. Food Services (Director of Student Union):

Infection Control and Health/Safety Precautions For Handling Dead Birds

These guidelines are intended for any person handling dead birds. The risk of infection with West Nile Virus (WNV) from this type of contact is small. The risk of infection with H5N1 (Avian Flu) from handling dead birds is difficult to quantify and is likely to vary with each situation. Risk is related to the nature of the work environment, the number of birds to be collected, and the potential for aerosolization of bird feces, body fluids, or other tissues. The most important factor that will influence the degree of infection risk from handling wild birds is whether Avian Flu has been reported in the area. Local public health officials will be consulted to help in selecting the most appropriate PPE for the situation.

When the carcass of a dead bird is found on campus, call Public Safety to respond. Public Safety Dispatch will contact Animal Control. If Animal Control cannot be contacted or cannot respond, then Public Safety will contact Grounds. If for some reason Grounds cannot be contacted or cannot respond, then Public Safety will remove the dead bird following these general precautions.

If possible, before disposing of any dead bird, you need to consult with the local Fish & Game to inquire whether dead bird reports are being tallied and if the dead bird in question might be a candidate for WNV or Avian Flu testing. If the dead bird has been dead under 24 hours, Fish & Game will do testing if someone brings the bird to them. If the bird has been dead for longer than 24 hours, it needs to be disposed of. In both cases, Animal Control will pick up the dead birds, depending on how busy their officers are.

General Precautions for Collection of Single Dead Birds

These precautions are applicable to all ISU employees as well as the general public. When collecting dead birds, the risk of infection from WNV, Avian Flu or any other pathogen may be eliminated by avoiding contamination of mucous membranes, eyes, and skin by material from birds. This can be accomplished by eliminating any direct contact with dead birds with use of the following safety precautions:

Additional Precautions for Personnel Tasked With Collecting Dead Birds in Higher-Risk Settings (e.g., when collecting large numbers or in confined indoor spaces, particularly once Avian Flu has been confirmed on or around campus).

Recommendations for PPE Disinfection

For machine-washable reusable PPE: Disinfect PPE in a washing machine with detergent in a normal wash cycle. Adding bleach will increase the speed of viral inactivation as will hot water, but detergent alone in cold water is also effective. Follow manufacturer instructions for drying the PPE.

Non machine-washable reusable PPE should be cleaned following the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning.

Related Links

Centers for Disease Control
Southeastern District Health Department
National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza
U.S. Dept. of HHS Pandemic Flu Plan College Checklist

Last Modified: 07/28/08 at 10:48:18 AM