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Media Memo

Swine Flu Update: Summer Program in Mexico Canceled

TO: News/Assignment Editors and Directors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume, Director

DATE: April 28, 2009

SUBJECT: Swine Flu Update — Summer Program in Mexico Canceled

UW-Eau Claire has canceled a summer program that was to send 23 students to Mexico for a six-week study abroad program. The program was canceled based on reports from the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and the U.S. State Department, all of which have cautioned people against traveling to Mexico because of the swine flu outbreak.

The UW-Eau Claire students, who were to leave May 26 for Mexico, will instead be offered the opportunity to study in Costa Rica.

The students were told of the change in plans in an e-mail sent to them this morning.

Five UW-Eau Claire students are currently studying in Mexico at two locations. All their classes have been canceled until May 6 as a precaution by the governors of their states. The students have been given the option of returning to the United States early if they wish. If they return early, they will complete their final exams here. The options have been shared with the students and their families, and each student will make their own decision about their return date.

The university will continue to monitor the swine flu situation and make additional adjustments to its international programs if it becomes necessary.

UW-Eau Claire also has one Japanese student on campus who will return to Japan before his program here ends because the partner university in Japan is requiring that all its students who are outside Japan return immediately.

For more information, contact Karl Markgraf or Susan Lochner in the Center for International Education at 715-836-4411.

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