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Subject:

ACHA: Weekly H1N1 Case Data, September 12-18, 2009

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Dan Kern <[log in to unmask]>

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Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 07:24:05 -0500

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H1N1 Still on the Rise on Campuses

H1N1 and flu-like illnesses are still on the rise on campuses, according to
data released Wednesday by the American College Health Association. The
association has been using a national sample of colleges to track the spread
of H1N1. Ninety-one percent of the 267 colleges and universities reported
new cases in the last week, compared to 83 percent the prior week. The
nationwide attack rate was 24.7 cases per 10,000 students, 15 percent higher
than the prior week's rate. Details of the weekly report may
<http://www.acha.org/ILI_Surveillance.cfm> be found here.

Source: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/09/24/qt#209009


ACHA Pandemic Influenza Surveillance
Influenza Like Illness (ILI) in Colleges and Universities

With preliminary epidemiologic data on novel H1N1 flu suggesting significant
risk among those in the college setting, ACHA deems it epidemiologically
valuable to identify disease burden and population based attack rates of
influenza like illnesses (ILI) [ICD-CM Diagnosis 487.1] on college campuses.
ACHA has thus undertaken an effort to enlist (on a voluntary basis)
interested institutions of higher education to submit data on a weekly basis
regarding the number of new cases of ILI.

New ILI cases reported include those seen in the student health service,
those triaged over the phone by a health care professional but simply told
to self-isolate and not be seen in the health service, and those known by
the health service to have been seen in a local emergency department or
urgent care center.

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RELATED LINKS

 



http://www.acha.org/images/triangleyr.gif
<http://www.acha.org/ILI_ProjectDescription.cfm> Project Description

http://www.acha.org/images/triangleyr.gif
<http://www.acha.org/info_resources/ACHA_Guidelines_H1N1_Sep09.pdf> ACHA
Guidelines: Campus Response to Novel Influenza H1N1 (.PDF)

http://www.acha.org/images/triangleyr.gif
<http://www.acha.org/ILI_Archive.cfm> Archive of Previous Weeks' Reports


The links below depict weekly case data for the period September 12-18,
2009, as reported to ACHA, as well as ACHA's cumulative case data.

In this weekly period of influenza activity, a total of 7,696 new ILI cases
were reported (10 hospitalizations) among campus populations totaling over 3
million. Ninety-one percent of the 267 colleges and universities reported
new ILI cases, compared to 83% the prior week. The nationwide attack rate
was 24.7 cases/10,000 students, 15 percent higher than the prior week's
rate.

The highest rates of activity remain in the state of Washington, though
rates are now clearly decreasing. The Southeast region still shows
considerable disease activity but there has been some decrease in
Mississippi and Tennessee compared to the previous week. There have been
significant increases in disease activity in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic,
Northeast, and Rocky Mountain regions of the country. Other than the state
of Washington, minimal activity is seen on the West coast. Again, no deaths
were observed among the reporting institutions.

"The outbreaks of influenza like illness thankfully continue to involve
relatively mild disease on our campuses. Of over 21,000 cases among 3
million students, there have been only 37 hospitalizations and no deaths
reported to ACHA. Students, parents, faculty and staff should be reassured
by the findings thus far," according to Dr. James C. Turner, president of
the American College Health Association and executive director of the
department of student health at the University of Virginia.

    http://www.acha.org/images/triangleyr.gif
<http://www.acha.org/ILI_LatestWeek.cfm> Weekly College Case Data [ICD-CM
Diagnosis 487.1]

    http://www.acha.org/images/triangleyr.gif
<http://www.acha.org/ILI_Cumulative.cfm> Cumulative Data Since Report
Inception [ICD-CM Diagnosis 487.1]

Note: These data do not represent all institutions of higher education,
nationwide.

Limitations: State case counts and rates do not represent the complete
incidence of ILI in the state's population, nor the incidence of ILI among
all institutions of higher education in the state. The case counts and rates
only represent those institutions of higher education that participate in
the surveillance program.

Source: http://www.acha.org/ILI_Surveillance.cfm

Another Student Dies of H1N1

Matthew Healey, a freshman at Miami University, appears to be the fourth
student to have died from H1N1 complications during this academic year.
<http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/09/28/hingham_
teen_dies_in_ohio_after_contracting_swine_flu/> The Boston Globe reported
that Healey, who is from Massachusetts, and his three roommates all
contracted H1N1, but that the roommates recovered quickly.

Source: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/09/29/qt#209379

 

 

 

Dan Kern

AD21, Reading

East Central College

1964 Prairie Dell Road

Union, MO 63084-4344

Phone: (636) 583-5195

Extension: 2426

Fax: (636) 584-0513

Email: [log in to unmask]

 

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it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But, conscience asks
the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a
position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it
because one's conscience tells one that it is right. (Martin Luther King,
Jr.)

Instruction begins when you, the teacher, learn from the learner. Put

yourself in his place so that you may understand what he learns and

the way he understands it. (Kierkegaard)

 

To freely bloom - that is my definition of success. -Gerry Spence, lawyer
(b. 1929) [Benjamin would be proud, I think.]

 


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