USC makes preparations for swine flu

first_imgWith health experts warning of a possible pandemic, university and county health officials and the USC Office of Student Affairs are taking special steps to mitigate the spread of H1N1 influenza and are warning students to be especially careful this flu season.Building on the school’s experience handling last year’s norovirus outbreak, Student Affairs has formed a plan in case H1N1 hits the university. Officials intend to set up a telephone triage center where students who might have contracted the virus can receive free medical advice, as well as an online system sick students can use to order meals, so they don’t infecting others.“We are strongly encouraging students, faculty and staff to stay home as soon as they get sick until 24 hours after their fever is gone,” said Dr. Lawrence Neinstein, executive director of the University Park Health Center.Neinstein and Vice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson have already sent a letter to parents and students warning of the virus and offering prevention tips.In October, in conjunction with the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, the university is planning to distribute the seasonal flu vaccine for free.Although the vaccination will only serve as protection from the seasonal flu virus, Neinstein said the university hopes to conduct another free vaccination program after the government releases the pandemic H1N1 vaccine in October.“As soon as we get [the vaccine], we will talk about how we can get it out to students,” Neinstein said. “We would like to get as many students under 24 vaccinated because that is the group Public Health has said is the first high-risk priority.”According to Dr. Laurene Mascola, chief of the Acute Communicable Disease Control Program for the Department of Public Health, people younger than 50 are at greater risk of contracting H1N1 because they have never had contact with a similar strain.University students are especially vulnerable because of their high population densities around college campuses, Mascola said.“Going to mass gatherings, subways and large apartments put you at higher risk for contracting the virus,” Mascola said. “…Dormitories will be more at risk because [students] are living in close quarters.”University health officials are also urging students to refrain from taking Tamiflu — the most widely-used influenza treatment and prevention drug — if they feel sick, because overuse may cause the virus to become resistant.“[Tamiflu] is not a cure-all and will, at most, reduce symptoms by 24 hours,” Neinstein said. “It should be saved for those who have been hospitalized or suffer from chronic illness like cancer, diabetes and asthma.”Tamiflu can also be given as a prophylactic to students with compromised immune systems if they have been exposed to the virus.However, Mascola said this approach still may not prevent students from contracting the virus.“Once you get flu in the community, you are going to be exposed to the virus every three or four days,” she said.The pandemic H1N1 virus is a new strain combining human, avian and swine genes, but health officials say the virus is nothing like the 1918 influenza epidemic — a form of H1N1 — that infected more than half a billion people, mostly young adults.“Don’t panic. People hear the words ‘pandemic swine flu’ and freak out,” Mascola said. “People who are healthy should not have a problem — you feel junky and move on.”Barsegh Barseghian, a sophomore majoring in biology who transferred to USC this year, said his community college sent out messages to students last year warning them to take special precautions against H1N1 influenza.“I didn’t take it to be a big deal,” Barseghian said. “I just took the careful precautions and did not go around sick people.”USC health officials say the best way to prevent the spread of H1N1 is to get vaccinated and stay home if flu-like symptoms appear. Taking smaller precautions, such as frequent hand-washing and sneezing into the crook of the arm, is also recommended.“If you have a fever, wear a mask if you are walking outside of your room,” Neinstein said. “You should not be going out because you are just going to spread the infection.”last_img read more

Grant to declare for 2014 NBA Draft

first_imgSyracuse forward Jerami Grant will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated reported the decision early Monday afternoon before SU Athletics released an announcement two hours later.“After extensive discussions with my family and coaches, I have decided to pursue my dream of playing professional basketball and enter the 2014 NBA Draft,” Grant said in the release. “I am so thankful to Coach Boeheim and the rest of the Orange coaching staff for guiding me throughout my college career, and am grateful to my teammates for two incredible seasons.”Grant is being projected as a mid-to-late first-round pick in most mock drafts after averaging 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds as a sophomore this season. He was limited down the stretch by a sore back, and managed just four points on 2-of-3 shooting in SU’s season-ending loss to Dayton in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 on March 22.“I am excited to start my journey in the NBA, but I also look forward to finishing my college degree,” Grant said. “I cannot thank my coaches, teammates and the entire Orange community enough for all of their support.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOne NBA scout told The Daily Orange that he expects Grant to face an uphill battle for minutes early in his professional career, and will likely spend time on the bench or in the NBA Development League.Grant becomes the second Orange underclassman to declare for the draft this offseason after freshman point guard Tyler Ennis announced his departure on March 27. Syracuse is also losing starting power forward C.J. Fair to graduation.“We’d like to thank Jerami for his tremendous contribution to Syracuse basketball over the last two years,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said in the release. “We wish him well in all of his future endeavors.”The SU frontcourt will add five-star signee Chris McCullough next season, who is currently playing for IMG Academy in Florida and will compete in the Jordan Brand Classic on Friday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 14, 2014 at 2:03 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

Everything Ready for the Match of Handball Representation of B&H and Greece in Cazin

first_imgFinal preparations for the rematch of the B&H handball representation and Greece for qualification at the European Championship is complete.First training of B&H representation, which has already arrived in Cazin is announced for tonight, at 18:00, and will be followed by two more trainings on Friday and Saturday, on 4 and 5 April.A press conference, where captain and coach of B&H representation, as well as representatives of Handball Association of B&H will address journalists will be held tomorrow at the center of Cazin, outdoors.B&H handball representation will be hosted tomorrow by the Mayor of Municipality Cazin Nermin Ogrešević to officially welcome them in Cazin.The match of the handball representations of B&H and Greece will take place on 5 April at 20:15 at the City Hall.The hall is arranged and additionally equipped for this kind of international match and can accommodate 2.300 spectators.(Source: Fena)last_img read more