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College statement regarding H1N1 influenza

Marlboro College is aware of the growing concern regarding the spread of the H1N1 flu virus.  Regular communications have been put in place, including sending two email updates to students, faculty and staff about recommended guidelines for prevention, detection and reporting, along with public announcements and posters. Students have been encouraged to share information with their parents as they see fit.

At this time, there are no identified cases of H1N1 influenza in our community. One staff member has traveled to Mexico in the past two months, but is showing no symptoms. Faculty and staff involved in emergency planning for the college are meeting regularly, and we are prepared to close the campus if circumstances require. However, our current strategy is to remain operational while continuing to carefully monitor the situation as updated information becomes available from the United States Center for Disease Control, state and local agencies and other educational institutions.

Below are links to the latest information from our Total Health Center and the Student Life office. Information on this page is being updated as necessary.

Follow-up Documentation

Initial Letter

April 27, 2009

Dear Marlboro community members:

As you may have heard, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is investigating isolated human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) in several states (CA, TX, OH, KS, NY) and is continuously updating investigation information.  Information can be found at the following sites:

So far, the U.S. cases of this virus have been mild and treatable.  However, due to the rapid spread of this illness, Marlboro College is now recommending the following actions:

  1. Monitor your email regularly for further announcements.  Our web site will have additional information if more information becomes available.
  2. All students, staff and faculty should review and implement current CDC recommendations for good health habits:  Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm?s_cid=swineFlu_outbreak_003 )
    • Spread of this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
  3. Students who experience the following symptoms should call the Total Health Center (on campus: x335, off-campus: (802) 258-9335) and ask to speak to Re or Susan for further guidance (faculty and staff should contact their primary care physician):
    • fever >37.8°C (100°F) plus cough or sore throat, OR
    • Recent onset of at least two of the following:
      • nasal congestion
      • sore throat
      • cough
      • fever or feverishness
      • some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  4. If you have recently returned from Mexico, the CDC recommends:
    • Pay close attention to your health for 7-10 days after your return.
    • If you become sick with a fever plus a cough, sore throat or have trouble breathing during this period, see a health care provider. When you make the appointment, tell the provider-
      • your symptoms,
      • where you traveled, and
      • if you have had close contact with a sick person or farm animals.

This way, the provider can be aware that you have traveled to an area reporting swine Influenza.

  1. Students who are currently out of the U.S. should carefully monitor public health announcements in your current country of residence, as well as the above listed CDC sites. Seek immediate treatment if you become ill.
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