June 19, 2009

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Updated Aug. 3, 2009

Bucknell University is working closely with local, state and federal officials to monitor the influenza A H1N1 (swine flu) virus and provide related information as necessary to the campus and local community. To date, there have been three cases of presumed H1N1 at Bucknell. The students were treated and have recovered.

Health officials recommend the following guidelines to help prevent the spread of flu viruses:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your upper sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not share utensils, drinks or personal care items, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Symptoms of H1N1 influenza are similar to those of seasonal flu and typically include fever, cough and sore throat. Additional symptoms may include headache, chills, fatigue and body aches. Persons with H1N1 influenza are contagious for up to seven days after the onset of illness and possibly longer if they are still symptomatic.

Students who are experiencing any combination of these symptoms should visit Bucknell's Student Health Service or, after hours, Evangelical Community Hospital. Faculty and staff who are experiencing any combination of these symptoms should contact their family physician or nearest hospital. 

Visitors should visit Evangelical Community Hospital or call 911 in an emergency.

Student Health Service

Hours: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekends

Call: 570-577-1401 or 570-577-1410

For transportation to Evangelical Community Hospital after hours, call Public Safety at 570-577-3333.

The University is encouraging all students, faculty and staff who are traveling domestically or abroad to take reasonable precautions and follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you are studying abroad and need further guidance, you may contact Bucknell's Office of International Education at 570-577-3796.

More information
CDC swine flu information
CDC tips for preventing flu
Pennsylvania Department of Health swine flu information

"Managing Your Anxiety about Swine Flu"

Campus messages
Swine flu information update (May 4, 2009)
Swine flu information update (May 1, 2009)
Statement from President Brian C. Mitchell (April 27, 2009)

Contact: Division of Communications


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