UNCW health officials report influenza-like-illness on campus

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - UNCW health officials say they've had more than 400 cases of what they're calling an influenza-like-illness so far this school year.

They say it's basically the same symptoms as H1N1, but since they haven't been confirmed as the virus they are calling it ILI.

School leaders said the number of students getting the virus is starting to slow down, but know that can change quickly.

"Certainly we were one of the first schools in North Carolina to see influenza like illness, but the other schools, who started a week later are now seeing it as well," said Director of Student Health Center Katrin Wesner.  "So it came a little earlier than expected, but we knew we were going to see H1N1 on campus this fall. I don't know if we expected to see it during the first week of class, but we were prepared."

Wesner said the students who are getting the virus are only sick for 3-5 days.  She is also encouraging everyone to get seasonal flu and H1N1 shots when they are available.

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