Last night (April 30) the Wellesley Board of Health learned from state officials of a probable case of H1N1 flu (swine flu) with an association with Wellesley College. The case has not yet been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although this individual lives on campus, this individual is not a student at Wellesley College and has had no direct contact with any students or faculty. The individual has been apart from the community for a time period that predated the diagnosis, has been appropriately treated, and is recovering well. Household contacts of the individual are also remaining apart from the community, are asymptomatic, and are being treated preventatively as per CDC guidelines.
As defined by the CDC, a probable case is one in which markers consistent with a form of H1N1 have been identified. Further testing is then completed in order to confirm species-specific H1N1 influenza. At this writing, we are awaiting test results from the CDC.
There is no evidence at this time that the H1N1 flu has spread on campus or to the general community.