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officials address two confirmed Swine Flu cases on campus
July 10, 2009 --
Officials at Arkansas
State University-Jonesboro have confirmed two cases of H1N1 influenza on
campus. The H1N1 influenza strain is more commonly known as Swine Flu.
The two confirmed cases are those of students who recently arrived on
campus. Dr. Rick Stripling, vice chancellor for Student Affairs at
ASU-Jonesboro, said, “The two students are in isolation now, and they
have been in isolation since they showed the first symptoms.”
Dr. Lonnie R. Williams, associate vice chancellor of Student Affairs,
further noted, “In consultation with our local authorities (the
Craighead County Health Department and the Arkansas Department of
Health), we are following the Centers of Disease Control guidelines for
dealing with the H1N1 virus.”
There are six other suspected cases of H1N1 influenza on campus, and
according to Drs. Stripling and Williams, those students have been
isolated and are being treated according to CDC guidelines.
When cases of the H1N1 virus first emerged in the United States in
April, ASU-Jonesboro officials met with members of the Jonesboro Office
of Emergency Management to build preparedness plans within guidelines of
Flyers outlining Swine Flu precautions and instructions on what to do
should members of the campus community develop symptoms are posted
throughout the university. In addition, valuable information is posted
online on the official ASU NewsPage: http://asunews.astate.edu/SwineFlu09.htm.
Renata Vaughn, family nurse practitioner and director of the ASU Student
Health Center notes, “Anyone can get the flu. Our campus population,
however, does not contain large numbers of the groups at higher risk for
serious flu-related complications. Segments of the population at
increased risk are those under age five, over age 65, and women who are
people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.
“The Arkansas Department of Health tracks cases in our
state,” said Dr. Deborah Persell, associate professor of nursing at ASU.
“Their website, as well as the website for the Centers of Disease
has current information on the incidence of H1N1 in Arkansas and around
the world. The Arkansas Department of Health (http://www.healthyarkansas.com/)
can also provide specifics of H1N1 in Arkansas, including information,
resources, and guidance.”