Students diagnosed with H1N1 are recovering

June 26, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State received confirmation late yesterday (June 25) from the Pennsylvania state health laboratory that two students at University Park have tested positive for novel influenza A H1N1. Both students are doing well and recovering as expected. Both students live off campus and were able to be isolated in their off-campus apartments.

Although the virus has spread throughout Pennsylvania, it seem to just now be hitting Centre County and experts are expecting more confirmed cases in the county. Anyone with flu-like symptoms is strongly urged to contact their health care provider. For students at University Park, UHS appointments can be scheduled online at www.sa.psu.edu/uhs or by calling (814) 863-0774. Students at campuses should contact the health center at their Penn State location. If diagnosed in time, infected individuals may be treated with an antiviral medication.

According to a notification from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), symptoms for H1N1 flu have included fever, headache, upper respiratory tract symptoms (cough, sore throat, runny nose), muscle aches, fatigue, vomiting and/or diarrhea. "Illnesses among persons infected with H1N1 flu virus have mostly been treated at home, but some cases have been hospitalized and deaths have been reported," according to the alert.

The CDC notification also stated, "Most people will not have immunity to this new virus and, as it continues to spread, more cases are expected in the coming days and weeks."

Those concerned about cases in their own region can view a county-by-county breakdown of cases in Pennsylvania at http://www.health.state.pa.us/H1N1Map/ online.

Shelley Haffner, UHS infection control nurse manager, advises following these basic guidelines to stay healthy:

-- Wash your hands thoroughly and often, especially after coughing or sneezing.

-- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

-- Do not share utensils, drinks, cigarettes or personal care items.

-- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as cross-contamination can occur.

-- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of tissues properly.

-- If tissues are not available, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or into your shoulder.

Additional information about the H1N1 influenza is available at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/general_info.htm online.

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Last Updated October 06, 2009