June 22, 2009

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LEWISBURG, Pa. – A second Bucknell University student has tested positive for a type A influenza virus. Both students, who are acquaintances, have been treated and are recovering.

The University is interviewing both students, who have been isolated, to find out who might have been exposed to them and is contacting those individuals.

The second student was tested and treated Monday, June 22, at the Bucknell Student Health Center. The student, who is an undergraduate, is conducting research on campus this summer and not attending classes, so exposure to others has been limited. The student’s mother is taking the student home today.

Established protocols
According to newly established protocols developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, type A influenza is presumed to be the H1N1 virus (swine flu) and is treated accordingly.

"Like many other areas around the commonwealth and the country, we are experiencing cases here that under the latest protocols are presumed to be the H1N1 virus," said Don Stechschulte, director of Student Health Services at Bucknell. "Fortunately, these two students followed good advice and sought treatment after developing symptoms, and both are expected to have a full recovery.”

The first student tested positive for A type flu on Friday, when the student was treated at the Student Health Center.

Since the worldwide outbreak of swine flu began earlier this year, Bucknell has been working closely with local, state and federal officials to monitor the spread of influenza A H1N1, commonly known as the swine flu, and to provide updated information as necessary to the campus community.

940 cases in Pa.
Nearly 21,500 cases of H1N1 flu have been diagnosed in the United States, including more than 940 cases in Pennsylvania, according to the CDC.

H1N1 symptoms 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 experiencing any combination of these symptoms should visit Bucknell's Student Health Service or, after hours, Evangelical Community Hospital. Faculty and staff who become ill with these symptoms should contact their family physician or nearest hospital.

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.

The Bucknell website (www.bucknell.edu/x52466.xml) contains additional information and links to other resources about swine flu.

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