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Information for all overseas Erasmus and exchange students

The University is closely monitoring the present outbreak of swine flu, which originated in Mexico, and is dealing with the risks in accordance with advice provided by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

It is advisable that you monitor the British Commonwealth website (http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-living-overseas/swine-flu). There you will find advice on travel and medical matters. If you have any concerns over your own health, you should seek medical advice following the guidance that is published in your current locality.

We will update you as the situation develops and the University will be regularly updating its website at www.cardiff.ac.uk. In the meantime, it is also advisable that you familiarise yourself with the information leaflet from the Department of Health, which is being sent to every household in the UK.

The Department of Health website gives further and accurate information on what the UK is doing in response to the outbreak. The Health Protection Agency has provided advice on measures which can be taken to prevent infection. General infection control practices and good respiratory hand hygiene can help to reduce transmission of all viruses, including the human swine influenza.

Your link tutors and employers will also be able to help you. You may wish to speak to them about plans they have in place.

Should you become unwell, take precautions in accordance with local guidelines, or phone your local health centre. You may also like to enquire from your employers or link tutors information on how to access treatments and whether there are any charges to you in obtaining the appropriate medication.

The British Embassy may be able to provide advice on the availability of local medicines or healthcare, but they cannot provide medical treatment (including anti-viral medication).

If you have any further queries please contact the University’s Medical Centre (http://www.cf.ac.uk/osheu/healthcentre/index.html). For other general information, advice and support, please contact the International Office on international@cf.ac.uk or +44 (0) 2920 874432.

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