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DPU students with flu-like symptoms cleared of swine flu

Saturday, May 2, 2009

All DePauw University students relocated from their campus residences this week to more secluded housing after exhibiting flu symptoms have recovered without complications and have been returned to their regular housing and classes since they are no longer contagious, the medical director of the Wellness Center said Friday.

A total of 8 students were isolated from the general population after becoming sick this week, but six have returned to their campus residences, while another two have gone home to finish recovering and are expected back in class Monday.

"From all the information we've gathered, there is no evidence that these cases have any association with North American A (H1N1) flu -- which is commonly referred to as swine flu," said Dr. Scott Ripple, university physician and medical director. "Because of the concerns worldwide over H1N1, we took extra precautions with our students in the name of safety. I'm happy to report that there appears to be no relationship between these illnesses at DePauw and the headlines of the past week."

Ripple added, "All of the students on campus are no longer contagious and have recovered well. We have seen no new flu cases since Wednesday."

Samples from five of the ill students were sent to the Indiana Board of Health to be tested for H1N1. One has come back as negative for the virus and Ripple said he expected the rest of the results early next week.

Indiana has had three confirmed cases of H1N1 flu. The first patient, a student at the University of Notre Dame, is now recovered. The other two positive cases were announced by state health officials Friday.

"It remains important for people -- wherever they are in the world -- to remain vigilant in regard to their personal hygiene," Ripple said. "With this virus and countless others, prevention begins with the individual."

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Talk about blowing things out of proportion and the news media sensationalizes everything. The flu kills thousands of people every year. Don't be such a drama newspaper.

-- Posted by magoo55 on Sun, May 3, 2009, at 6:18 PM

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