Ohio College Students at Significant Risk for H1N1

H1N1 is expected to spread in coming weeks, says Dr. James Turner, President of the American College Health Association. “I’m assuming based on past pandemics a four- to six-week wave, but it might be longer”.  More than 6,000 new flu cases were reported on campus nationwide last week.

Dr. Turner continues:

“Most cases are presumed to be H1N1 because about 98 percent of the samples isolated from patients over the past several months have tested positive for the virus. Regional variations in attacks of any viral infection are common.  It depends on where students have been and whether they’ve imported the virus onto the campus…I wouldn’t be surprised if we had two or three waves this academic year.  It’s going to be a long year.  I would expect it would become very widespread over a period of several weeks, it just is going to take some time.”

Shared living space in residential communities on campus makes it difficult to isolate the H1N1 influenza virus.

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