Swine Flu Update

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Publication Date: 4/30/2009

As reported in the press conference held by Shelby County earlier this morning, there is a probable case of swine flu in a student who attends a Catholic school in Shelby County. That school has closed for at least seven days.  Rhodes continues to monitor the situation and will follow precautionary procedures as outlined below.

Swine Flu Advisory

In light of the reports of Swine Flu, the Rhodes Pandemic Response Team is currently monitoring the news and information as reported by agencies such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and the Shelby County Health Department.  We are also monitoring closely conditions on campus.

Signs and symptoms of this flu are similar to other types of flu. Symptoms typically appear within one to four days of contact and include fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, a dry cough and sometimes nausea and diarrhea. 

While there is no reason to panic, it never hurts to be reminded of good preventative measures, which are similar to prevention of other illnesses:

  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth;
  • Avoid contact with sick people;
  • Cover nose and mouth with tissue when coughing and sneezing, and throw away tissue.

If you have a fever and other flu symptoms, see your health care provider as soon as possible. Students with these symptoms may utilize the Moore Moore Health Center for flu testing.

The response team will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.