As Swine Flu outbreak intensifies Elon University plans what to do if an outbreak occurred on campus

April 27, 2009 at 3:24 pm 2 comments

By Patrick McCabe

Written April 27, 2009

A new strand of Swine Flu has broken out across the world reaching the United States, Mexico, New Zealand, Europe, Canada and parts of Asia. The Swine Flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza in pigs. The virus

pigcauses high levels of illness and low death rates traditionally only found in pigs.

Many college campuses across the nation have implemented plans on how to deal with a health outbreak, like Swine Flu. At Elon University Jana Lynn Patterson, Assistant Vice President of Student Life, keeps students and faculty aware of health updates.

jpatterson“The University also has a thorough flu pandemic preparedness and response plan that has been developed in accordance with state and national guidelines,” Patterson told students in an email. “While we do not anticipate having to initiate the plan, we do want [students] to know that we are prepared for escalated risks of exposure to the campus community and will respond if conditions warrant.” 

While there is no immediate threat to the Elon community the University is prepared to tackle any health threats that may occur.

A case of the virus was discovered on the coast of North Carolina and students have begun to worry.

“I don’t have the best immune system,” freshman Rachel Long said. “If the virus comes to Elon I am pretty sure I will get it.”

Other students are worried that the school may have to close early if an outbreak occurs.

“I don’t know what I would do if that happened.” junior Noelle Clemente said. “I still have a lot of assignments for my classes and don’t know how my grades would turn out.”

As of now the university has not detected an outbreak on campus or in the surrounding areas but university officials assure students and faculty that all protective measures are being taken.

St. Francis Preparatory High School in Queens, N.Y. see the largest outbreak in the United States

St. Francis Preparatory High School in Queens, N.Y. see the largest outbreak in the United States

There have been 20 cases of the virus confirmed in the United States and St. Francis Preparatory school in Queens, New York seems to have seen the largest outbreak with eight confirmed cases. The school has been shut down temporarily and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has asked anyone showing symptoms of the virus to stay home and call their physician. 

The biggest outbreak of the disease has been seen in Mexico City where the death toll has exceeded 100 individuals. Many cases in New Mexico did not seek medical attention soon enough and those that are now seeking medical treatment have been quarantined. In Mexico City they have closed down the majority of restaurants, bars, shopping centers and other public facilities.

“Given the reports out of mexico I foresee more outbreaks here in America,” Richard Besser, Director of the Centers for Disease Control told the press.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Janna  |  April 29, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    You have to put the local angle in the lead. Everyone already knows there is a fear of swine flu spreading. The local angle is key to getting anyone to read this piece.

    You should go back through this and spot typos. You have quite a few. You spelled Jana Lynn Patterson’s name wrong! Good thing I am not grading each article separately but instead I am giving you a comprehensive grade at the end of the semester. If this had been turned in as an individually graded assignment it would have earned a 60/100 due to the misspelled name. Journalists have to retain the trust of the audience; we don’t keep the trust if we don’t spell people’s names correctly! Also note that when you interview a person with a long title, the title should be used after the name, as in Jana Lynn Patterson, assistant vice president… and as in Richard Besser, director of the Centers for Disease Control.

    By the way, look it up if you want, but it is the CenterS for Disease Control.

  • 2. Janna  |  April 29, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    When you don’t actually interview the people yourself, you have to note that more specifically. So you have to note that Patterson “told students in an e-mail sent on Monday morning.”

    Tons of typos. Must be that great cast you are wearing. 😉

    Love the reporting you have been doing, but the Math Tools reading is really helpful and I hope you own the book and you’re looking through it because even if you already know stats it puts things in the perspective a journalist needs to have.


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