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H1N1 Isolation Guidelines

MICA's Isolation Guidelines, which are based on interim recommendations from the CDS Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education, include the following:

  • If confirmed case of novel influenza A (H1N1) virus infection or a large number of cases of influenza like illness (ILI) (i.e. fever with either cough or sore throat) occur among students, faculty, or staff or in the community, the Pandemic Influenza Planning Team will consult with state and local health officials regarding an appropriate response.
  • Suspected cases will be recommended to Mt. Royal Medical Center or area hospitals for evaluation.
  • Students, faculty, or staff who live either on or off campus and who have ILI should self-isolate (i.e., stay away from others in their dorm or home) for seven days after seeing physician, or at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer.
  • Persons with ILI should report all their symptoms to health services and practice COVER Cough basics anytime they must leave their homes.
  • Roommates, household members, or those caring for an ill person should follow guidance developed for caring for sick persons at home (See Interim Guidance for H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu): Taking Care of a Sick Person in Your Home, http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1/guidance_homecare.htm.).
  • Persons with certain chronic medical conditions, persons 65 years or older, and pregnant women should consider the risk when traveling or attending public gatherings where novel influenza A virus is circulating.