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RU reports first case of H1N1

RADFORD – A Radford University student has been positively diagnosed as being infected with the novel H1N1 strain of Influenza commonly referred to as “Swine Flu,” according to Dennie Templeton, Radford University’s executive director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness.
This is the first case at Radford University that has been confirmed by the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The student is an off-campus resident who presented at the Student Health Center and was treated and released. The student is doing well.
The university has implemented a number of measures designed to help the university community deal with this infectious disease threat in a way that best protects the university community.
Prevention and containment measures in place include widespread dissemination of informational materials to students, faculty and staff about the infectious disease, as well as personal hygiene strategies that can minimize the risks of exposure. Hand-washing stations have been installed in residence halls, dining halls and other buildings.
The New River Health District recommends a “three plus one” strategy for dealing with the threat, according to Robert Parker, southwest regional public information officer for the Virginia Department of Health. These measures include frequent hand-washing, covering coughs, staying home if you are sick, and getting vaccinated with both the seasonal flu vaccine and the novel H1N1 vaccine (with guidance from your personal physician).
The university has developed a comprehensive protocol for managing its response to the novel H1N1 pandemic that is structured upon public health recommendations made by the New River Health District, Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Consistent with these recommendations, the university has implemented a “self-isolation” protocol for students that may be infected with novel H1N1. Students who are suspected of being infected with novel H1N1 are asked to remain in their rooms and arrange importation of meals through friends and roommates, liberally use disinfectant wipes in their personal environment, and wear protective facemasks when others are in the room with them.
As stated by the CDC, illness with novel H1N1 has ranged from mild to severe. While most people who have been sick have recovered without needing medical treatment, hospitalizations and deaths from infection with this virus have occurred.
Additional information can be found at the following sites:
General Flu Information
www.flu.gov
www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu
CDC has a telephone hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO or 1-800-232-4636.
Radford University
RU Student Health Services: http://health.asp.radford.edu/
Office of Emergency Preparedness: http://oep.asp.radford.edu/default.htm
Commonwealth of Virginia Flu Information
Virginia Department of Health: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/Alerts/SwineFlu/index.htm
VDH has a telephone hotline at 877-ASK VDH3 or 877.275.8343.

RU reports first case of H1N1

RADFORD – A Radford University student has been positively diagnosed as being infected with the novel H1N1 strain of Influenza commonly referred to as “Swine Flu,” according to Dennie Templeton, Radford University’s executive director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness.
This is the first case at Radford University that has been confirmed by the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The student is an off-campus resident who presented at the Student Health Center and was treated and released. The student is doing well.
The university has implemented a number of measures designed to help the university community deal with this infectious disease threat in a way that best protects the university community.
Prevention and containment measures in place include widespread dissemination of informational materials to students, faculty and staff about the infectious disease, as well as personal hygiene strategies that can minimize the risks of exposure. Hand-washing stations have been installed in residence halls, dining halls and other buildings.
The New River Health District recommends a “three plus one” strategy for dealing with the threat, according to Robert Parker, southwest regional public information officer for the Virginia Department of Health. These measures include frequent hand-washing, covering coughs, staying home if you are sick, and getting vaccinated with both the seasonal flu vaccine and the novel H1N1 vaccine (with guidance from your personal physician).
The university has developed a comprehensive protocol for managing its response to the novel H1N1 pandemic that is structured upon public health recommendations made by the New River Health District, Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Consistent with these recommendations, the university has implemented a “self-isolation” protocol for students that may be infected with novel H1N1. Students who are suspected of being infected with novel H1N1 are asked to remain in their rooms and arrange importation of meals through friends and roommates, liberally use disinfectant wipes in their personal environment, and wear protective facemasks when others are in the room with them.
As stated by the CDC, illness with novel H1N1 has ranged from mild to severe. While most people who have been sick have recovered without needing medical treatment, hospitalizations and deaths from infection with this virus have occurred.
Additional information can be found at the following sites:
General Flu Information
www.flu.gov
www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu
CDC has a telephone hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO or 1-800-232-4636.
Radford University
RU Student Health Services: http://health.asp.radford.edu/
Office of Emergency Preparedness: http://oep.asp.radford.edu/default.htm
Commonwealth of Virginia Flu Information
Virginia Department of Health: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/Alerts/SwineFlu/index.htm
VDH has a telephone hotline at 877-ASK VDH3 or 877.275.8343.