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Austin College Addresses Case of Type A Influenza (Common Flu)


From news release:

Austin College Addresses Case of Type A Influenza (Common Flu)

May 5, 2009 -- SHERMAN, TEXAS -- An Austin College faculty member was identified late Monday, May 4, as having a case of type A influenza (common flu). A resident of Collin County, the individual is currently being treated and will remain at home for at least the remainder of the week.

Following protocol established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, further testing is in process to determine if this is the H1N1 virus, and results are expected early next week. Meanwhile, the college is coordinating its campus efforts with the Grayson County Health Department and has been instructed by health officials to assume this is the H1N1 flu until tests results prove otherwise.

Besides informing college faculty this morning at a campus-wide meeting, Tim Millerick, vice president for Student Affairs, also met with students enrolled in the faculty member's classes. He was joined by Kathy Matthews, director of Health Services, to inform students about symptoms and preventative measures they should take. Parents of these students also have been contacted, along with the campus community as a whole.

Because a campus response team recently has been meeting on a daily basis to monitor the H1N1 health crisis in general, flu test kits were ordered last week as a preventative measure. These will be used in the event that students exhibit flu-like symptoms, including a fever in excess of 100 degrees and any combination of sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, chills, headache, body aches, or fatigue.

While this isolated incident may represent a single case of common flu, the college is taking every possible precaution to manage the situation and anticipates that finals and commencement activities all will take place as planned.

About Austin College

Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope's influential book Colleges that Change Lives.