Fresno State H1N1 Concerns

September 10, 2009 10:47:02 PM PDT
The H1N1 flu virus is taking college campuses by storm. A recent survey of nearly 200 colleges showed more than half have seen an unusual number of cases of the flu. The University of Wisconsin is one of those schools -- which is why there is concern over the Fresno State football team playing in Madison this weekend. The team is taking precautions to make sure the Bulldogs don't bring anything home but a win.Fresno State's athletic department got the call on Monday. Several University of Wisconsin football players had the flu. The athletic trainers in Madison wanted to make sure Fresno State football players would be ready. Right away the Fresno State began immunizing players, coaches and other staff traveling to Wisconsin. Their defensive strategy won't stop once they arrive on the Badger campus.

Fresno State trainer Tony Hill said, "We're gonna clean and sanitize all the locker rooms and any facility we can to maintain proper healthcare." Hill says there's only so much he and his staff can do to protect the players and prevent the virus from traveling back to Fresno.

Hill said, "All over college campuses people are dealing with this and so it'd be no different than one of the student athletes sitting next to somebody in class and being coughed on there."

Even though Fresno State hasn't had any problems with the flu outbreak yet, they're already taking precautions. They're installing automatic hand sanitizers in buildings all over campus. The student health center will start giving regular flu shots later this month. Some students are already making plans to show up.

One student, Jessica Saavedra, said, "I wanted to get more information on that cuz I don't want to get sick from the flu especially going to school right now."

Another student, Karen Jimenez, said, "You get sick and you can't come to class and school's really expensive right now especially with the tuition ... you just have to come like every day. "

While Fresno State seems to have avoided the H1N1 virus so far, chances are it will make an appearance ... whether it comes from Madison Wisconsin or Fresno itself.

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