Queen’s confirms first swine flu case

A female student who’s living off-campus has been confirmed to have H1N1 influenza, or swine flu.

The student reported symptoms a few weeks ago and was tested at the on-campus student health clinic, Director of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety Dan Langham said.

Yesterday, public health officials confirmed that it was a case of swine flu.

He said the clinic can’t release the student’s name because of confidentiality agreements.

Langham said public health officials told him the University doesn’t need to alter its initiatives to counter the flu.

“From a University standpoint … we’re not going to change the way we’re responding to this outbreak,” he said. “Really, it’s looking more like a seasonal flu at this point.”

The student’s case has been classified as mild.

Langham said he would advise students to continue practicing personal hygiene such as washing their hands after coughing and sneezing.

“It’s the best preventative action,” he said.

It is not known if the student is currently taking courses on campus. She is at home recovering.

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