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IMPORTANT--Lifting of ban on overseas travel [A(H1N1) #16]


Due to the removal of a warning against travel to Mexico by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the advisory announcement #12 on postponement and self-restraint of travel to Mexico is hereby modified.


Specifically--the advisory on self-restraint regarding travel to Mexico is lifted.


Nonetheless, please be careful of the following regarding any travel abroad:

• Regardless of whether your travel is official or private, be sure to turn in the proper forms to the appropriate office of your faculty.
• Please pay close attention to the Foreign Ministry website and/or WHO home pages regarding the spread of this new virus when abroad.
• Be aware that many countries are instituting health checks as part of immigration procedures; thus, fever or flu symptoms could be reason for delaying your entry into that country.
• Realize that not only is the virus spreading widely in both the USA and Canada, but that there have been some deaths; therefore, approach travel to such areas with care.


When or if you are abroad:

• Keep abreast of the latest information from WHO or other such sources and observe the guidelines for avoiding infection as set forth in announcements #10 and #11.
• If you contract the new influenza when abroad, please seek treatment from the local health authorities and notify Osaka University at once. (Persons at Osaka University who receive such notifications: please inform the Department of Safety and Hygiene at once.)


Upon returning from travel abroad:

• Be aware that you might be the object of entrance restrictions and/or quarantine upon your re-entry to Japan from Mexico, Canada, or the USA if you are exhibiting symptoms of influenza.
• Upon return from travel abroad, please monitor your health carefully for one week by taking your temperature daily.
• If you should exhibit symptoms such as fever, coughing, and/or diarrhea, please contact the Department of Safety and Hygiene immediately and follow their instructions.
Department of Safety and Hygiene
Phone number during office hours: 06-6879-4023
After-office hours phone number: 06-6879-7018

May 28, 2009
Osaka University President


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