Health Dept: Swine Flu Is On MSU's Campus

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

Emily Fluck is returning to school this year with some reservations about being a part of community living-- because she knows Swine Flu could attack at any minute.

"I just keep hearing that you should wash your hands, and my parents want me to get a flu shot," she explains.

If it hasn't already.

"I actually did hear of someone on my floor who has the flu, so that was a little weird," Fluck explains.

Weird, she says, because that person on her floor could have Swine Flu, just like students at Universities similar to MSU like Purdue. That school has reported at least 47 suspected cases.

Fluck's hunch may prove to be true says Marcus Cheatum of the Ingham County Health Department.

"We are confident that at least a few people at MSU have had H1N1 by now," Cheatum explains.

But just how many? Well that's a good question. Kent Casella is an MSU spokesman.

"Knowing and being able to clearly identify those cases becomes problematic because the state and CDC are no longer testing for them," Casella says.

In other words, the University isn't sure who has it and who doesn't, so instead they're going to have to use a common sense approach because at this point it's all they can do.

"Since we know most of the symptoms are H1N1, doing the test doesn't add any new information," Cheatum says.

Meaning if a student has a fever or some respiratory issues, there's a good chance it could be Swine Flu and will therefore need to take time off from class to get better.

In the meantime healthy students like Fluck have to do everything possible to stay healthy.


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