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Randolph College Monitors Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Situation

College officials in close contact with local, state, and national health officials

5/1/2009 3:44:41 PM


LYNCHBURG -- Randolph College is closely monitoring the current influenza A (H1N1) virus situation that is impacting the United States and other countries around the world. College officials have been in close communication with other colleges, local, state, and national health officials, and the Council for Independent Colleges. We are following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, Lynchburg Health Department, and Virginia Department of Health.

As of May 1, two cases have been confirmed in Virginia and other cases have been reported in more than a dozen states.

Please be assured that the college’s Critical Management Response Team will continue to monitor the situation and keep the college community updated as necessary.

As a reminder, the campus community should observe the following recommendations from the CDC:

What You Can Do to Stay Healthy

· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

· Vigorously wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

· Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

· Try not to touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus; influenza viruses may survive hard surfaces and plastic for up to 24 – 48 hours and on soft surfaces such as cloth, paper, and tissue for up to 12 hours.

· If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

The symptoms of H1N1 in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include: fever typically over 100.5, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. It is important to receive early treatment.

The following links will provide you with up to date information regarding facts about this influenza, cases and locations, and recommendations.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations