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Letter from Division of Student Affairs to ECSU Parents

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To: Parents of ECSU Students
From: Mrs. Regina Mc Coy-Davis, Director, Student Health Services
RE: H1N1 Information for Parents

Please read the following information from Student Health Services and the Center for Disease Control. This message has also been sent to students.

H1N1 Influenza is circulating in many communities, and we have had a small number of students with flu like symptoms on campus.

It is important to understand that currently this influenza is acting like a mild seasonal influenza that circulates every year. Most people who get the virus are back to normal activities in three to five days. The major difference between this strain of flu and the normal seasonal flu is that it is occurring out of the normal flu season sequence (typically October through March), and it appears to spread a little quicker than the normal flu, especially among young adults.

We know this virus spreads just like the usual seasonal influenza by coughing and sneezing, and by coming into contact with a contaminated surface or within 6 feet of an infected individual. It is not spread through the air vents and can be killed by normal household cleaners.

We are working closely with the public health authorities like the Centers for Disease Control, (CDC) and the North Carolina Health Department to slow the spread of the illness by asking individuals with influenza like symptoms to isolate themselves for 24 hours after their fever is gone while they are off fever reducing medications.

We are asking affected students as well as roommates and suitemates to take some standard precautions that have been well outlined in previous communications:  practice good respiratory etiquette, clean high touch areas with disinfectant wipes, go home if possible if your student is sick, and, if not, perhaps the well roommate can bunk with friends for a short period of time.

Please note that the CDC and the State Health Department do not recommend routinely testing for H1N1 influenza in non-hospitalized patients at this time.  If your student has influenza like symptoms but may have another reason to have these symptoms, tell your healthcare provider.  These public health authorities also do not recommend treatment with anti-viral medication for healthy adults.

If your student is exposed and has a high risk condition or are having worrisome symptoms, please have your student call Student Health Services (252-335-3276) or visit Student Health Services in the Cardwell Hoffler Infirmary.

Member of the University's Pandemic Flu Committee communicate with one another on a daily basis.  The University constantly monitors the Centers for Disease Control and the North Carolina Division of Public Health for any new information that might help mitigate the spread of the virus, and when new information is provided, it is communicated immediately to the campus wide community in a variety of ways, including campus wide emails, web site postings, posters, and other methods.  The University has been planning for the possibility of a pandemic since 2006, and an in-depth pandemic flu plan is in place.  At this time, we anticipate being able to finish the semester with minimal disruption to classes and personal health.

For additional information, please see the list of H1N1 Frequently Asked Questions and visit the ECSU website at www.ecsu.edu for any updates.

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