Mesa State prepared, hasn’t had any cases of swine flu

The H1N1 virus has hit Mesa State College, but student-athletes in fall sports haven’t come down with it, at least yet.

“We haven’t seen it in our athletes,” Mesa State athletic trainer Josh Fullmer said. “We did have two different houses where people that were roommates with our athletes were diagnosed with swine flu. Knock on wood, we haven’t had any cases within our athletic department.”

Fullmer said his staff is prepared for it.

“We have a whole set of protocols in place, first of all, to determine if it’s swine flu and if they have it, what is the protocol to return to non-isolation,” he said. “We met with (the Mesa County Health Department) and (Mesa State Vice President of Student Services) John Marshall a couple months ago. They are hitting the athletics population hard because of the time together.”

Fullmer said athletes with it will not be allowed to practice or play until at least 24 hours after their fever breaks.

“As long as their fever is over 100, they’re in isolation for 24 hours until after their fever goes below 100,” he said. “With this H1N1 virus, it comes with a very high fever.”


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