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News Release

May 3, 2009

Statement re: Probable H1N1 Flu Case Involving NIU Student

NIU officials have been notified by the DeKalb County Health Department that a probable (but not confirmed) case of H1N1 (swine) flu in DeKalb County involves an NIU student.  According to county health officials, the student stated he was not hospitalized and is recovering.    The student does not reside on campus, has not attended class since April 24, and has not participated in extracurricular activities on campus since the onset of symptoms.

Given the studentís voluntary isolation during most of the contagious period, the health department determined that no significant exposure of other students occurred on campus.  County health department officials, working closely with NIU health officials, identified and notified a small number of NIU employees who were exposed to the student.  All individuals believed to have been in contact with the student during the potentially contagious period have been notified. None have reported any symptoms associated with H1N1 (swine)  flu.

The DeKalb County Health Department is the lead agency in management of illness outbreak, including the identification and notification of individuals who may have been exposed to the H1N1 flu virus.

NIU routinely works with the health department, monitoring new surveillance data  and assisting with county-wide emergency planning and preparations.  In addition to those efforts, NIUís emergency response team has met regularly throughout the H1N1 (swine) flu outbreak to prepare, protect and inform the campus community.

All NIU facilities are open and operations are proceeding as normal.  For the latest information on NIUís response to H1N1 flu, visit the university homepage at www.niu.edu.

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