Statement on Additional Probable Cases of H1N1 Influenza

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May 06, 2009

The DC Department of Health has advised the University that two additional GW students diagnosed with influenza are probable cases of H1N1 influenza. The DC Department of Health has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to do additional testing. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of H1N1 at GW. The DC Department of Health is now awaiting the results of CDC testing for a total of five GW students determined to be probable cases of H1N1 influenza. Four of these students are no longer contagious and have recovered fully following treatment. The fifth student has received treatment and is recovering rapidly.

As with previous probable cases, GW acted immediately following initial influenza diagnosis, following our procedure of moving the students to private rooms to limit exposure to other students, informing those in close personal contact and providing them with information about symptoms, treatment and prevention.

The DC Department of Health and the CDC continue to recommend preventative measures including washing hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers and avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth. The University has placed hand sanitizers and posted information about H1N1 influenza prevention in residence hall lobbies. Detailed information continues to be posted on GW Campus Advisories and the Web sites of the GW Student Health Service and GW Medical Center. The University has also dedicated additional resources to cleaning areas where students congregate, including libraries and dining spaces.

The University remains in close communication with the DC Department of Health and federal officials to ensure we are following their recommended protocols and taking needed steps to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. We will continue to provide any additional updates via GW Campus Advisories.

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