Arkansas companies, particularly those with international business, are senstive to the swine flu outbreak in Mexico. Take, for example, J.B. Hunt, which set a memo to all employees about health precautions and to gather information about employees who've been to Mexico recently.
The European Union has begun discouraging unessential North American travel. Hmmm. I'm supposed to fly to Rome and then Athens Thursday. And I've had that same cough everybody else around here has had for weeks.
NOTE TO JB HUNT EMPLOYEES
We have been monitoring the situation involving the Swine Flu (H1N1) for the past 48 hours.
Of the confirmed cases reported in the U. S. at least one individual in each case had recently traveled to Mexico.
We are monitoring official company travelers to and from Mexico; however, we do not know who has recently traveled to Mexico on personal business or vacation. If you have traveled to Mexico in the past two weeks we request you send the following information to Mexico firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates of travel
Mexico location visited
#’s and ages of others you traveled with
We will continue to monitor this situation and report any significant changes and of course you can monitor events by checking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
NOTE: Any variety of influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.