Mesa State confirms student has H1N1

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Mesa State College confirmed Tuesday that one its students has been diagnosed with the H1N1 influenza virus.

College officials say the female student was not hospitalized and is currently recovering. She does not live on campus.

School administrators say with this particular case, they caught wind of it early on and were able to keep the student isolated from the rest of the college before the virus spread too far.

At this point they say they are not overly nervous about the situation, and are working with students and faculty to make sure they take the appropriate steps to prevent the disease from spreading.

"We've been very aggressive in terms of making sure our on-campus population has been very aware about this," says John Marshall, vice president of Student Affairs for Mesa State College. "We're taking precautions with hand sanitizer, making sure you're doing the little things to stay well."

"You need to take precautions against it by all means, you know, hand sanitizer, the works" says Amanda Friar, a Mesa State Senior. "But it's not something that needs to cause an uproar."

The college says its Health Sciences Department has been monitoring students reporting flu-like symptoms on campus. Officials say residence staff has also been trained to look for the virus and communicate important information to the necessary people.

The school says now that we're in the onset of flu season, they do expect to see more students with flu-like symptoms on campus.

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