No H1N1, flu outbreaks reported at Ball State during spring

Expectations about seasonal flu and swine flu outbreaks for the spring have not yet been met, according to campus and statewide reports.

The Amelia T. Wood Health Center reported only one student with the flu last week, the smallest number in the last three to four months, Health Center director Kent Bullis said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Health Center had not reported any students with flu. Overall, Bullis said the center has not seen many students.

"As I was walking in today, I saw only one student in the waiting room," he said.

Colleges across the U.S. have not seen an increase either, reporting only 52 new flu cases last week in Indiana colleges, according to the American College Health Association.

The percentage of flu in the state reported by the emergency department surveillance system remained at 2.3 percent, the same from the previous week.

Outbreaks of seasonal flu and H1N1 still are possible for the spring, but the Ball State Health Center is not expecting it any time soon.

Bullis said he is not expecting a large wave because H1N1 was less contagious and less serious than expected.

"It's likely to happen in the country as a whole, most experts believe, but right now it has not happened," he said.

The Delaware County Health Department is having a clinic Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Muncie Area Career Center. The health department will have more clinics later this month. 


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