The University of Central Arkansas Student Health Center confirmed Wednesday afternoon that a UCA student tested positive for Influenza A.
This summer in the State of Arkansas, almost 100 percent of Influenza A cases have been of the H1N1 (Swine flu) type. Therefore, UCA views any positive Influenza A cases as being very likely Swine flu and has reported this information to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). UCA has been working with local and state health officials and for several years has been preparing for the possibility of a flu outbreak.
The UCA student was sent home and does not live in University owned/controlled housing. The UCA campus physician, Dr. Randy Pastor, and the Director of Student Health, Candace Welcher, A.P.N., R.N., encouraged the UCA community to wash their hands often, cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, and if they have a fever of 100 degrees or more, to seek a checkup with their physician or at the Student Health Center.
The University is providing hand sanitizers at various locations on campus over the next few days and will post information on the Student Health Center Web page (http://www.uca.edu/studenthealth/) as needed. The Center for Disease Control also has information on the H1N1 flu on its Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/.