June 23, 2009

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LEWISBURG, Pa. – A third Bucknell University student has tested positive for a type A influenza virus. The three students have been treated and are recovering in isolation.

The University is interviewing all three students, who are acquainted, to find out who might have been exposed to them and is contacting those individuals. The third student was tested and treated Tuesday, June 23, at the Bucknell Health Center. The other students tested positive for type A flu on Friday and Monday.

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.

Since the worldwide outbreak 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.

Nearly 21,500 cases of H1N1 flu cases have been reported 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.

Contact: Division of Communications