No H1N1 …yet
With the current situation at the University of Kansas, where at last count there were 47 cases of confirmed H1N1 flu, Baker University’s Ruth Sarna, director of student health, and Steve Rottinghaus, director of public relations, answered questions regarding the situation at the Baldwin City campus.
Q. Are there any reported cases of H1N1 flu at Baker?
A. “There are no reports of H1N1 on the Baldwin City campus,” said Rottinghaus. “Ruth Sarna has been extremely proactive in informing the campus community about precautionary measures.”
Q. What are those precautionary measures?
A. “Ruth met with students and their parents during the weekend in which students were moving in,” he said. “Also, a letter was sent to students and parents.”
Q. What is H1N1 flu and what are the symptoms?
A. This flu is a respiratory disease caused by a type-A influenza virus strain and is very contagious. We are monitoring flu-like activity at Baker and encourage you to take precautions in an attempt to avoid the flu. Symptoms may include the following: Fever higher than 100 degrees, cough, sore throat, headache, body aches, chills, fatigue. If respiratory symptoms progress rapidly, take this seriously and seek medical evaluation.
Q. What precautions can be taken to avoid this flu?
A. Take the following precautions to reduce the chance of infection with the flu: Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective; Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue away; Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to reduce the spread of germs; Practice good health habits: Drink plenty of fluids, eat nutritious foods, be physically active and get plenty of sleep; try to avoid close contact with sick people
Q. What other precautions is Baker taking?
A. We’ve put information on our Web site and we’ve also sent a letter to parents. Those links are: http://www-.bakeru.edu/baldwin/current-stu dents/health-a-safety-information-/n1h1 and http://www.bakeru.edu-/baldwin/current-students/health-a-safety-information/swine-flu-letter-to-parents.