Ohio State student confirmed probable with case of swine flu
University continues to operate as normal
Columbus Public Health has announced that an Ohio State University student has been upgraded from suspect to a probable case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus, pending confirmation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The student was exposed to the virus outside the university through close contact with family members that were believed to have the H1N1 virus. No new suspected cases have been identified on campus.
The university has always approached the situation as if the student were likely to be infected with the H1N1 virus, due to his exposure history. Ohio State continues following recommended CDC precautions to prevent the spread of the illness to others. The student is still in isolation and is responding to treatment. While he is beginning to feel better, he will remain in quarantine for several more days per Columbus Public Health and CDC recommendations.
As was communicated earlier, students, faculty, and staff who have been in close contact with the patient have been notified and urged to take prophylactic/preventive medications. Close contact is defined as someone who has face-to-face contact with the infected individual, encountering them in conversations or over meals. Additionally, Student Health Services plans to visit those classes attended by the patient next Monday and Tuesday to advise faculty and students.
The Wilce Student Health Center, 1875 Millikin Rd., will hold special Sunday clinic hours for students today (5/3) from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Students also can call the clinic's advice nurse line at 614-292-4321.
The university continues to urge all students, faculty and staff to follow infection control steps. These preventive measures include frequent hand washing and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue if you have a cough or sneeze. Frequent use of waterless hand sanitizers is also recommended.
Ohio State is working in collaboration with the CDC, Ohio Department of Health, and Columbus Public Health and following all appropriate guidelines.
Unless there is a change, all classes and business operations will continue as scheduled on Monday.
For more information on swine influenza, go to http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu.
Ohio State students, faculty and staff will be updated regularly through the emergency web site http://www.emergency.osu.edu.
Director, Emergency Management & Fire Prevention