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Summer 2009

H1N1 and Northern Arizona University

The H1N1 virus—commonly known as the swine flu—has been declared a worldwide pandemic and remains a problem in northern Arizona. Though the virus has proved to be highly infective, it has remained a relatively mild form of flu.

Northern Arizona University is expecting an increase in sick students this fall.

Victims of the H1N1 virus typically suffer symptoms similar to regular human flu—fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue—and recover in a few days. However, individuals with underlying medical conditions, especially respiratory ailments or immune deficiencies should seek immediate medical attention.

NAU officials will continue to monitor the campus and update students and parents as necessary through the web, e-mail and other communications.

A comprehensive prevention and education campaign is under way and includes widespread distribution of posters promoting good hygiene, hand sanitizers installed in hundreds of locations and distribution of educational information.  

The university also is sending letters to parents and faculty.


May 2, 2009

Swine flu test negative for NAU student

Flagstaff, Ariz.—Tests came back negative on the Northern Arizona University student who health officials originally thought was a “probable” case of swine influenza A, H1N1, also known as swine flu.

The Coconino County Health Department notified NAU officials today that the tests from the Centers for Disease Control reveal the student did not have swine flu.   

The 19-year-old student, who originally reported flu-like symptoms on April 24, is fully recovered, according to Beth Applebee, director of NAU’s Fronske Health Center.     

The Fronske Health Center continues to recommend that everyone practice good basic hygiene such as frequent hand washing with alcohol-based hand cleaners and covering their cough or sneeze.

Students, faculty and staff who exhibit any flu-like symptoms are encouraged to contact Fronske Health Center or their medical provider.

The 24-hour phone bank that was established on April 30 will operate through midnight Sunday, May 3: (928) 523-0007.


May 1, 2009

NAU still awaits results of swine flu test
Northern Arizona University and the Coconino County Health Department are still awaiting results on a “probable” case of swine influenza A, H1N1, also known as swine flu, on the Flagstaff campus.

No other suspected cases have been reported and the current patient, a 19-year-old freshman, is nearing full recovery. As a precaution, her roommate temporarily moved to another room in the same residence hall. The roommate is not showing any flu-like symptoms.

The student last attended classes on April 24 and is nearly at the end of the incubation period—the time period during which an individual would have become symptomatic from exposure to the “probable” case.

If you exhibit any flu-like symptoms, contact Fronske Health Center or your medical provider. Fronske will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3.

A 24-hour phone bank is operating to address any questions from students or parents: (928) 523-0007. More than 120 calls came in from students and parents during the first 24 hours.

Dr. Tim Fleming, director of Fronske Health Center, discusses swine flu:


April 30, 2009

NAU has ‘probable’ case of swine flu

The Arizona Department of Health Services has said that a 19-year-old Northern Arizona University student has a “probable” case of swine influenza A, H1N1, also known as swine flu.

NAU and the Coconino County Health Department are awaiting confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control.

The university has not seen a widespread outbreak of any flu, but continues to monitor the situation with the county and is following health guidelines from the CDC.

NAU is operating under normal business conditions with the consent of the county health department. The schedule for classes, final exams, convocations and commencement remains unchanged.

A 24-hour phone bank has been set up to address any questions from students or parents: 928-523-0007.

With normal flu season in its waning weeks, the university is in continual communication with county health officials to determine the severity of any outbreak.

Operating with the support of the Coconino County Health Department, the university is treating the probable swine flu in a manner similar to seasonal flu. Masks are being provided to anyone showing flu-like symptoms to help minimize the spread of the disease.

Residence Life and Dining Services have taken additional precautions with cleaning and disinfecting residence halls and public dining areas.


April 28, 2009

The World Health Organization raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 5.
A Phase 5 alert is characterized by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region.

Northern Arizona Updates

NAU and Coconino County health officials are staying in constant communication to monitor the swine flu outbreak that has touched Maricopa County with one confirmed case.

The university is conducting normal business operations and has called together its Incident Management Team to plan for and address any issues that may arise.

So far there are no cases in the Flagstaff area, including the NAU campus. Tests given to several students who were displaying flu-like symptoms returned negative. Those with flu-like symptoms are being treated as though it is seasonal flu and will be allowed back in their residence halls. They also will be provided with face masks as a precautionary measure.

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