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Dubuque colleges to handle H1N1 virus case by case

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Meanwhile one probable case in Chicago shut down an elementary school Wednesday. at has many local colleges revisiting contingency plans regarding an outbreak. ut it's not the first time they've had to deal with a something like this. Only then officials were dealing with mumps. he outbreak called for hundreds of people to be quarantined.

But none of the schools shut down in the process. While there are currently no cause of H1N1 in Dubuque, if the virus reaches Dubuque, schools have plans in place.

A tri-fold sits on the Loras College Alumni Campus Center. Reminding students the basics of the newest flu virus.

"The current thought is that it's more of a respiratory contraction. So they could potentially spread it through coughing and sneezing to someone else," said Tammy Marti, director of health and wellness at Loras College.

And while it's the talk of the town, this is nothing new to campus. In 2006 - mumps hit - the health center reports 150 students had symptoms - 60 actually tested positive for mumps. All were quarantined in the process.

"We certainly have plans in place in cause we are. We have a pandemic flu plan that's been in place for a couple of years. We have a crisis response team, we also have an infectious disease plan on board," said Marti.

Marti says the college will follow the policies of the CDC - whatever criteria they ask for - and should a case of the flu strain hit the area, they'll handle it on a case by case basis.

"If it indeed a person that been here on campus, just in community. A lot of them we'll ask them to track were that person has been or the people they've been with in the last 24-48 hours and we'll go from there," sad Marti.

Several other colleges in the area are just beginning to discuss contingency plans regarding the new strand. Of course with the latest announcement of two probable cases in Iowa, their plans could change.

The health center at Loras says if anyone has symptoms, they should stay home.

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