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University of Richmond protecting students from flu virus

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - University of Richmond staff is stepping up efforts to prevent the spread of the flu. This comes after 42 students were diagnosed with flu-like symptoms within the first 2 weeks of school.

"We're encouraging students to use really good hygiene practices," said university spokesperson, Brian Eckhart. "Not have close contact with people, particularly those who have flu like symptoms, washing hands frequently, using handkerchiefs, covering your cough in some way."

These are just simple suggestions from doctors and nurses at the student health center who are now working later and on weekends due to an increase in appointments. University staff have also set up a hotline for students and parents to call with questions and concerns. Sanitation stations have been posted in several buildings all across the campus. Student center doctors and nurses hope that this will help prevent the spread of the virus.

"Mostly I'm just hoping that I don't get it," said U of R student, Bridget Spears. "There have been rumors going around that we'd have to be sent home and everything."

Ill students have gone home if they live close enough or recuperated in their room. University staff has allowed students to make up work without penalty.

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