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3 GSU visitors test positive for Influenza A
University not yet sure which virus strain affected guests: Swine flu, bird flu or common flu
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    Three visitors to Georgia Southern University over the weekend tested positive for the Influenza A virus, said  Betsy Nolan, Assistant Director of Communications for the university.
    An "Eaglegram" notice was sent to students from Dean of Students George Lewis warning students to be aware of possible symptoms of the flu. The notice was issued to all students, faculty, and staff  through university e-mail Monday evening around 6:15 p.m.
    Two Girls' State campers and a Boys' State counselor tested positive for Influenza A, Nolan said.
    According to the Centers for Disease Control Internet web site ( there are three subtypes of the Influenza A virus  that infect humans: H1N1 (Swine Flu), H5N1 (Bird Flu) and H3N2, a type of common flu.
    Nolan said the university has not been informed of which stain of Influenza A affected the campers and counselor, who became ill while attending Boy's State and Girl's State camps that were hosted on the Georgia Southern campus last week.
    All buildings where the campers were located have been disinfected and cleaned, she said. Other visitors to the campus for similar events and competitions are being screened for temperatures and other health concerns as a precaution, she said.
    "We have taken all health precautions," she said. :"Basically our goal is prevention." Students who feel they have flu-like symptoms are asked to report to the university's Health Services or their private physician. Staff and faculty members are encouraged to check with  their physicians should they develop symptoms of flu as well, she said.
    Students were reminded via  the mass e-mail to " Cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve when you sneeze or cough, wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol based cleaner, try to avoid close contact with those who are sick, and stay home and away from work or school if you are sick."
    Flu-like symptoms include cough, sore throat, fever above 100 degrees, headache, body aches, runny or stuffy nose; chills, vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue.
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