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Cases of H1N1 at Luther College

DECORAH (KWWL) - Confirmed cases of H1N1 Virus at Luther College in Decorah have officials urging caution.  Friday, the school sent out an e-mail message to notify students, faculty, and staff of the cases.  They're reminding them to take precaution to limit the spread.  The first weekend of the fall semester at Luther College brings the usual gathering of students on campus.  The talk this weekend will be about the H1N1 virus.

"I guess I'm a little concerned but not too much. I don't know. I don't think about it too much. School started two days ago. Everybody's running around so I don't have much time to think about it," said student Luis Enriquez.

"We don't want any situation where most of our friends who are around here miss class because of the disease," said student Richard Sayki.

Neither do school officials.  They opened the Student Health Service office Saturday morning.  It'll open again Sunday afternoon.

"We've been telling our students that if they're feeling unwell obviously to seek out help. We've been encouraging them to cover their cough, wash their hands thoroughly, use hand sanitizer. All the precautions a person should take to limit the spread," said Associate Dean of Student Life Jon Lund.

Lund say, like many schools across the country, they expected at least a few cases to emerge.

"The good think with H1N1 if there is a good thing is that the strain isn't very virulent so all of the recommendations from the CDC are recommendations of what a person should do if they have a normal influenza a virus," said Lund.

"One of my friend's boyfriend has it but I haven't been avoiding people because I figure if I get it now, it's better than before it mutates and gets worse.," said student Heather Nelson.

College officials are asking students to fill out an online form if they think they're sick.  If they are, they're asking students to go home, if possible, or stay in their room for five to seven days.  The school can arrange to have meals delivered to them.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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