Flu TestingGAMBIER, Ohio (April 29, 2009) As the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continue to investigate the outbreak of swine influenza, Kenyon encourages students and employees who have flu-like symptoms and have recently been to Mexico or come into contact with anyone who has been to Mexico to visit the Health Center for testing. Symptoms of the flu include sudden onset of fever plus cough or sore throat. Many visitors come to campus daily, and members of the community are urged to recall their most recent interactions.
The community should also monitor the news to stay informed. The first death from swine flu in the United States has been reported, and public health officials are warning that the disease will continue to spread. Swine flu is thought to spread in the same manner as seasonal flu. Common precautions such as regular hand washing and avoiding touching your nose, eyes, or mouth should be practiced. The best sources of information come from the CDC and may be found at their Web site as www.cdc.gov. Students studying abroad should monitor public health announcements and visit the World Health Organization Web site at www.who.int.
Employees and students should contact Nurse Practitioner and Director of Health Services Kim Cullers with concerns or reports of flu-like symptoms.