UPDATE: Additional potential swine flu cases identified at University of Delaware

8 p.m., April 29, 2009----Six additional students who were treated at the University of Delaware Student Health Services on Tuesday, April 28, have been identified by the Delaware Division of Public Health as having cases of influenza that meet the federal government definition for probable cases for swine flu. The total number of probable cases of swine flu at the University is 10.

Throughout the day, students have been visiting two clinics on campus, a temporary one staffed by the Division of Public Health and the other in the University's Student Health Service. By Wednesday evening, approximately 183 students had been seen by medical professionals at the temporary Public Health clinic, and approximately 170 were seen at Student Health Services.

The six students all presented mild flu-like symptoms, were provided anti-viral medication and instructed to follow current recovery guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control. Interviews are being conducted with the six students to determine travel, close contacts and other information, but at least one of the students traveled to Mexico during UD's spring break.

The advice of Public Health and medical professionals at this time is to continue asking students with flu-like symptoms to seek assessment and possible treatment at one of the two clinics and to follow the guidelines provided in their recovery.

The temporary Public Health clinic, which is located in the Carpenter Sports Building (The Little Bob), will close Wednesday evening and will be open again on Thursday, April 30, beginning at 10 a.m. Students who have flu-like symptoms also may visit Student Health Services in Laurel Hall, which is open 24/7.

Students who presented flu-like symptoms have been appropriately treated and released.

Students and parents with questions and concerns can call Student Health Services at (302) 831-2226 this evening. The state's Swine Flu Information line will also continue operating on Thursday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The number is 1-866-408-1899. Swine flu information is also available on both the state of Delaware and University of Delaware Web sites.

Information is also available on the federal swine flu Web page.