Statement on Update from DC Department of Health on H1N1 Influenza

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May 04, 2009

The DC Department of Health has advised the University that a third GW student diagnosed with influenza is a probable case of H1N1 influenza. The DC Department of Health has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to do additional testing. We should emphasize that at the current time there are no confirmed cases of H1N1 at GW. The DC Department of Health is still awaiting the results of CDC testing on samples from two students sent late last week. It was determined that these students are no longer contagious.

As soon as the student received the initial diagnosis by the GW Hospital, we implemented our protocols, including moving the student to a private room in a residence hall to limit exposure to other students, informing those in close personal contact and providing them with information about symptoms, treatment and prevention. The student is recovering rapidly following treatment.

For more information on H1N1 symptoms and prevention, please visit Campus Advisories or the Web sites of GW Student Health Service and GW Medical Center.

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