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FGCU announces one confirmed case of the H1N1 virus on campus

By Staff | Jul 24, 2009

Acting president of Florida Gulf Coast University Ron Toll announced late Thursday that FGCU has one confirmed case of the H1N1 virus on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus.

All efforts are being made to curtail the spread of the virus commonly known as the swine flu. The infected student has already been treated.

“In an abundance of caution, we have provided treatment for the roommates who may have been exposed to the virus. The students are cooperating as we provide assistance and support for their needs,” an FGCU press release stated. “The University is taking every precaution to limit the spread of the virus and is asking for everyone’s cooperation. We have notified the Lee County Health Department and have its support.”

FGCU Student Health Services is prepared to work with students and respond to health needs. If students develop flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, or sore throat, they are encouraged to call Student Health Services at 239-590-7966. Faculty and staff exhibiting these symptoms should contact their health care provider.

In addition, FGCU is asking the cooperation of the entire campus community to help limit the spread of this virus. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following good hygiene practices, and we ask that you comply with them:

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread in this way.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

If you are sick with a flu-like illness, stay home for seven days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer, except to seek medical care or for other necessities. Keep away from household members as much as possible. This is to keep you from infecting others and spreading the virus further.

If you are sick and sharing a common space with other household members in your home, wear a facemask if available and tolerable, to help prevent spreading the virus to others. For more information, see the Interim Recommendations for Facemask and Respirator Use http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/masks.htm.

Learn more about how to take care of someone who is ill in “Taking Care of a Sick Person in Your Homehttp://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance homecare.htm.

Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds, and other social distancing measures.

If you don’t have one yet, consider developing a family emergency plan as a precaution. This should include storing a supply of extra food, medicines, and other essential supplies. Further information can be found in the “Flu Planning Checklist” at http://www.pandemicflu.gov/plan/individual/checklist.html or http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/sick.htm#linkPolicy#linkPolicy.

The University is taking additional steps to limit the spread of the virus on campus, including:

Hand sanitizers are being made available in all high traffic and common areas.

Upgraded custodial sanitizing of high traffic areas is being implemented.

Residence hall staff will be trained in best practices for health and safety to assist Student Health Center staff in informing students of appropriate safe practices to limit the spread of viruses.

The Division of Student Affairs will provide all incoming students with comprehensive information developed by our Student Health Services on good personal health practices and precautionary measures to promote good public health.

President Bradshaw is off campus, but he is closely monitoring the situation and is being provided regular updates.

Dr. Toll solicits the campus’ continued cooperation and support as we work diligently to promote and maintain good public health practices across our educational community.

For more information, contact associate vice president for Community Relations and Marketing Audrea Anderson at 239-590-1083.