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H1N1 Virus Notice: 7/17/09

Information for MICA Community

Posted 07.17.09 by MICA Media Relations

BALTIMORE--Five students in MICA's Pre-College program have been diagnosed as probable H1N1 influenza virus cases, the Baltimore City Health Department notified MICA on Thursday.

The students, who are recovering, have all been isolated for the seven-day symptoms period or have left the program and gone home. As of Friday morning, MICA had not received reports of any new probable cases of H1N1 on the campus.

MICA faculty, staff and students -- as well as family members of all Pre-College students -- were apprised of the situation through a combination of meetings and e-mail alerts on Thursday. An update was distributed by e-mail early Friday afternoon.

"We continue to monitor the situation in partnership with Mount Royal Medical Associates and the Health Department," said Denelle Bowser, environmental health and safety manager for MICA. "We have taken recommended sanitary precautions to help prevent the spread of the flu."

Building Services staff have been instructed to more frequently sanitize hard surfaces such as door knobs, elevator buttons, vending machines, sinks and faucets, counter tops, light switches, copiers and fax buttons. Sanitizer has been placed in the following locations: guard desks, dining areas and offices. All campus restroom soaps are antibacterial.

Non-MICA employees who contract with the College as well as Artscape organizers have also been notified.

Concerned family members or students in the Pre-College or Young People's Studios programs should call the School for Professional and Continuing Studies at 410-225-2219.

Concerned family members or students (graduate and undergraduate) should call the Student Affairs Office at 410-225-2422.

Specific questions about flu outbreaks in Baltimore should be directed to the Baltimore City Health Department at 410-396-4398 or by visiting the department's Web site.

Members of the media may call 410-225-4217.


Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.