Campus Flu News
Dear Ship Family,
Good afternoon. As you have been reading or seeing on the broadcast news, health officials are involved in dealing with 40 cases of swine influenza A in the United States. These cases have been reported in several states, including Ohio, as well as in New York City, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
CDC officials, according to its website, are working very closely with officials in states where cases of swine flu have been identified, as well as with health officials in Mexico, Canada and the World Health Organization.
Earlier today, two students were seen at Etter Health Center with very mild flu-like symptoms. While there is no evidence that either case involves swine flu, the university has ordered appropriate testing on the students to determine the exact cause of their illness. Health center officials said neither student is very ill, but since the symptoms are flu-like the testing was ordered and the students were advised to go home to recover. This is being done strictly as a precaution as neither student has been to Mexico, where many of the cases were first reported, and it appears neither has had any contact with any of the ill individuals in the other states.
While university and other health officials continue to monitor the students, the university will remain on its normal finals week schedule, and the graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies will be held as scheduled on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
More information about the swine flu is available from at the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu.
The university will, as necessary, provide further updates as the semester ends.