Probable swine flu case at Troy University

Published 2:45 pm Monday, May 4, 2009

A female Troy University student has the 10th probable case of swine flu in Alabama, state health officials said Monday afternoon.

The student, who is in her 20s, was diagnosed in Pike County and is now recovering at home.

The state health department is recommending that health officials treat universities like small communities, because it would be difficult to shut down a college campus as K-12 schools in Madison County have after suspected cases there.

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“The opportunity exists for spreading on college campuses,” said State Health Officer Donald Williamson. “Any student who feels ill, particularly with a fever, severe muscle aches, coughing and sneezing, should see a health care provider. Do not attend class, even if you have an exam.”

Williamson also reiterated that simple tasks such as washing hands frequently and covering up coughs and sneezes can help curb the spread of the infection.

Other cases of swine flu in Alabama include four confirmed cases in Madison County, seven probable cases in Madison County — all associated with school children — one probable case in Jefferson County and one probable case in Montgomery County.

For more reaction, see tomorrow’s edition of The Messenger.