Suspected swine flu cases increase

This headline was corrected on August 27 at 5 p.m.

The number of students being treated for the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, jumped from 10 on Monday to 88 by Wednesday, a university official said.

Don Mills, vice chancellor for student affairs, said faculty are being made aware of who is absent as a result of the flu and faculty will work with the student to catch them up on their work.

Mills said Tuesday that the university is no longer testing for individual cases of H1N1 and instead is treating each case of the flu as H1N1.

According to an e-mail sent by Campus Life, students experiencing flu-like systems are being asked to stay home and will be excused from class.

Mills said health authorities recommended that the university stay open and he supported that decision.

“This is a very mild case of the flu that people are getting,” Mills said. “Most people are well in two to four days.”

As a result of some sorority sisters becoming ill, Sigma Kappa cancelled their first meeting and new member ritual, said Jackie Shaw, a junior nursing major and Sigma Kappa member.

Christina Mohammad, senior psychology major and president of Sigma Kappa, said the sorority is taking the proper health precautions that the university and Tarrant County health officials have requested.

Vanassa Joseph, public information officer for Tarrant County Public Health, said 330 cases of swine flu were reported in Tarrant County from April through Aug. 25.

Joseph said the health department is no longer counting individual cases and instead are focusing on prevention.

University officials from Southern Methodist University, Baylor and the University of North Texas have reported no cases of the H1N1 virus since the school year began.

Students who receive medical attention off campus for flu-like symptoms are instructed to contact the Health Center, Mills said. The Health Center will then contact Campus Life.