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49 CU-Boulder students have flu; school says it's
"probable" H1N1 & at Ohio Universities
 
 
  By Kieran Nicholson
 
The Denver Post
Posted: 08/29/2009
 
More than 100 college students in Boulder have been tested for the flu, with 49 confirmed cases, and one student has been hospitalized.
 
University of Colorado officials have identified the 49 cases as "probable" H1N1, or swine, flu, according to school officials.
 
As of Friday, 135 students have been tested. The students' residences are on and off campus.
 
The flu has hit the school early this year, and probably in higher numbers than average, but the severity is not above average, said Bronson Hilliard, a university spokesman.
 
"The intensity is about normal," he said. "It's not catastrophic to the people who are getting it."
 
Still, this year's strain has spread rapidly.
 
"We are seeing a quick transmission rate," Hilliard said. "We have a lot of sick people; we are probably going to see more."
 
The numbers released Friday do not include students who sought medical attention outside the school's health care system.
 
Boulder County Public Health is working with the university to keep track of suspected and confirmed cases. Only state health officials can test for the H1N1 strain, according to the university, and that happens only after someone has been hospitalized.
 
The school "is taking precautions based on the possibility that the influenza A cases may be H1N1," the school said.
 
Based on guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the university "is not canceling any special events or classes" as it continues to monitor the situation.
 

H1N1 crops up at Ohio colleges
Miami, Xavier among schools reporting cases

 
Saturday, August 29, 2009 3:10 AM
By Charlie Boss
 
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
 
Classes weren't even in session when the swine-flu cases started coming in.
 
Shortly after freshmen moved into the residence halls at Miami University, a student tested positive for Influenza A, which officials were told to treat as the H1N1 virus. As of Thursday, the number of infected students rose to 25.
 
Xavier University in Cincinnati confirmed its first swine-flu case Sunday, just two days before classes started there. As of yesterday, seven students had confirmed cases of the virus, with 70 others considered probable cases.
 
At the University of Cincinnati, which starts its fall quarter Sept. 23, swine flu was diagnosed in two athletes at a soccer camp.
 
College and health officials are not surprised by the rise in swine-flu cases and expect the numbers to increase.
 
"We certainly don't want to panic people," said Rocky Merz, spokesman for the Cincinnati Health Department. "Fortunately, this has been a mild strain of the flu, and we're hoping it remains that way."
 
The Ohio Department of Health is monitoring the situation, "treating it more like seasonal flu," spokeswoman Shannon Libby said.
 
The state health department has not tested any of the reported H1N1 cases at the universities. Instead, they defer to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines stating that tests to confirm swine flu are called for when a person has been or should be hospitalized or is part of a cluster of cases.
 
Typically, a person is tested for Influenza A. If that's positive, the person is treated as though he has swine flu.
 
Universities have waged awareness campaigns on the H1N1 virus, some as early as this past spring. Many have sent information to staff members and students, passed out fliers and put up posters about prevention.
 
They've reminded people to wash hands thoroughly and often, and cover up any coughing. Hand-sanitizing stations have been set up throughout campuses, and tissues have been placed in classrooms.
 
"We have been talking about it for months," Xavier spokeswoman Debora del Valle said. "There are other universities in our area dealing with the same thing and the greater community, too. We've been taking the steps we needed."
 
Their efforts, however, couldn't stave off the virus.
 
Health officials stopped testing students after H1N1 was diagnosed in seven. Others who came to the health center with flulike symptoms were presumed to have contracted the virus and were treated immediately, del Valle said.
 
The 6,600-student university has boosted its prevention efforts. Officials have canceled all large-group events such as student picnics and club sports practices through Labor Day. They've allowed sick students to go home or rest in an isolation area on campus.
 
At Miami, officials at the 16,000-student university in Oxford, Ohio, have been beefing up awareness efforts throughout the week by alerting staff members and students of CDC recommendations.
 
The 25 students with the virus have been instructed to remain in their dorm rooms and apartments, said Miami spokeswoman Claire Wagner.
 
 
 
 
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