Susquehanna University Identifies First Case of H1N1 Flu
SELINSGROVE — A student at Susquehanna University was diagnosed Sept. 1 with influenza type A, presumed to be H1N1 flu according to recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The case is the first identified among Susquehanna students, who started fall semester classes this week.
The student, who lives off campus, presented at the university Health Center with a fever and was tested for influenza A, as CDC guidelines advise. Following university protocol, the student returned to his off-campus residence to recuperate in isolation. The university notified the student’s parents, made arrangements for follow-up care, and is contacting others in the campus community with whom the ill student may have had contact.
Susquehanna University initiated planning for the current H1N1 pandemic last spring, as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began issuing alerts. Relying on the structure of its crisis management plan, which has been in place for about two years, the university assembled a 16-person pandemic planning team that represents critical functions across the institution. Susquehanna’s response plan for managing the flu is available at http://www.susqu.edu/26891.asp.
Gerald S. Cohen