Indiana Swine Flu Patient is Notre Dame Student

Thursday, Jul 30, 2009  |  Updated 1:43 PM CDT
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The sole swine flu case confirmed in the state of Indiana is a student at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana Department of Homeland Security officials said Tuesday. 

The case was confirmed as swine flu in testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

According to a statement posted on the university's Web site, the student has fully recovered and is in good health after suffering flu symptoms and becoming ill last week:

"The student sought treatment April 22 at the University’s student health center in Saint Liam Hall. As a part of the center’s standard protocol, a culture sample was taken from the student and sent to the Indiana State Department of Health in Indianapolis for analysis. The University was informed on April 24 that the sample was atypical for Influenza A, which could indicate that it was swine flu. The culture was then sent to the CDC in Atlanta for confirmation. The University and the health department were in constant communication until confirmation was determined today."

Notre Dame is not cancelling classes or changing its finals schedule.

Indiana Health Commissioner Judy Monroe said the ill person had not recently traveled to Mexico, where more than 150 people are believed to have died from the flu strain, and that the state agency was investigating how the person might have acquired the illness, reported.

The agency said Sunday that it had sent two flu specimens that did not match other strains that Indiana had seen this year for tests by the CDC.   The swine flu positive came from one of those specimens.

Monroe urged calm as people try to keep from getting the flu.

"We advise Hoosiers to practice normal precautions to avoid influenza and other respiratory diseases, such as frequent hand washing and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze," Monroe said.

CVS pharmacies in Northern Indiana were told to stock up on hand sanitizers and face masks in the wake of the swine flu confirmation.

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Pink markers are suspect
Purple markers are confirmed
Deaths lack a dot in marker
Yellow markers are negative

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