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The latest on H1N1 flu virus
May 8: H1N1 virus confirmed in ISU student
The probable case of H1N1 virus in a Marshalltown student has been confirmed, Story County health officials informed the university overnight. The student left campus May 4.
May 5, 4 p.m.: 29 probable cases in Iowa
The Iowa Department of Public Health reports 29 probable H1N1 cases in the state; 1 confirmed. DPH report (PDF).
May 5: ISU student has probable case of H1N1 virus
An ISU freshman from Marshalltown is being tested for Story County's first probable case of novel influenza A, or the H1N1 virus. Results back today from the state hygienic laboratory confirmed the virus is non-specified type A. The probable H1N1 case has been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for further testing. More.
May 4: Student from Marshalltown diagnosed with Type A flu, testing under way
An ISU freshman from Marshalltown has tested positive for Influenza Type A. The 18-year-old female recuperated at home over the weekend and has returned to campus. A rapid flu test determined the student had Influenza Type A, which could be either common, seasonal flu, or the more rare novel influenza A (H1N1). The sample was forwarded to the state hygienic laboratory as a matter of standard procedure. More.
May 4: About finals exams
If you have been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus or are ill with flu-like symptoms, please follow the universal precautions, listed on this page, and do not attend final exams. If illness prevents your attending an exam, please do the following:
Our primary concern is for your individual health as well as the health of everyone in the Iowa State community. If your condition warrants medical treatment, please contact the Student Health Center, http://www.health.iastate.edu or call 294-5801.
Best wishes for a healthy end to spring semester and a wonderful summer.
May 2: First case of H1N1 in Iowa confirmed
The first Iowa case of H1N1 has been confirmed, prompting Gov. Chet Culver to declare a health emergency. News from KCRG-TV.
Protect yourself from the flu
The Centers for Disease Control recommends people take these everyday actions to stay healthy:
Watch for symptoms
The symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to regular influenza, and may include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with H1N1 flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with H1N1 flu infection in people. As with seasonal flu, H1N1 may worsen underlying chronic medical conditions.
If you are feeling ill or have questions about your health, call the Thielen Student Health Center at (515) 294-5801, Mary Greeley Medical Center at (515) 239-2011, or your preferred healthcare provider.
The Iowa Department of Public Health has established a toll-free, 24-hour hotline to answer questions about H1N1 flu: 1-800-447-1985.
Government travel recommendations
The U.S. State Department has recommended caution on any travel to Mexico, and the Centers for Disease Control has recommended against non-essential travel to Mexico. Iowa State University officials urge all students, faculty and staff to defer travel to Mexico.
Iowa State University's Study Abroad Center has canceled study-abroad trips to Mexico in May. Students who were scheduled to leave will have the opportunity to study in other countries, according to Trevor Nelson, Study Abroad Center director.
It's safe to eat pork
People cannot get H1N1 flu from consuming pork. It is safe to eat properly cooked pork and pork products.
The virus is spreading by human-to-human contact. According to a National Pork Board statement, the CDC has said it has not found any evidence to indicate that any of the illnesses resulted from contact with pigs.
FOR THE MEDIA: Iowa State University experts
Iowa State University has a number of faculty and staff experts available to answer various questions about H1N1 flu: