Sunday, December 09, 2007

Friday, December 07, 2007

BJU Whooping Cough Outbreak Started With 1 Student

"Health officials said that they have determined an outbreak of whooping cough at Bob Jones University began with one student who returned to the school with the illness in August.

School officials said that students will be required be vaccinated before they come back to campus in January after their Christmas break."

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Hundreds Of BJU Students Get Whooping Cough Shots

"More than 800 students, faculty and staff were immunized on Tuesday, and many are receiving a five-day antibiotic program as a precautionary measure, according to BJU. University officials said that sufficient supplies of vaccine and antibiotics are available for any other students who may need them over the next few days."

Monday, December 03, 2007

More Whooping Cough Cases At BJU

"In a news release, BJU spokesman Jonathan Pait said that as many as 40 students are confirmed or suspected to have the bacterial infection, and another 50 others have exhibited symptoms which may be related."
[From The Greenville News]

Sunday, December 02, 2007

"Whooping cough will end BJU's semester early"

"Bob Jones University plans to send students home for Christmas early because of 29 confirmed or suspected cases of the highly contagious and potentially dangerous disease whooping cough.

The BJU students suffering from the illness have been isolated in the school's infirmary, Pait said.

Boatwright said she wasn't aware of any other cases reported in the state."

[From The Greenville News]

Dear BJU Student,

As a precaution to help contain the spread of Pertussis (whooping cough), first semester will end next Friday, Dec. 7. Please read completely through this e-mail so that you have the information you need on classes, exams, events through the next week and your departure for the holidays.

Classes and Exams
University classes will meet as scheduled on Monday and Tuesday next week. Tuesday will be the last day of classes for first semester.
Exams will begin on Wednesday and end on Friday.
A revised exam schedule will be posted on sometime this afternoon.
Each of your professors will inform you by 5 p.m. Monday about the nature of the final exam and any other alterations to class assignments.

Campus Departures
As was the case at the Thanksgiving break, you will be free to leave campus for the Christmas holidays after your last final exam whenever that occurs Wednesday through Friday.
Students who are unable to change travel reservations are welcome to stay in the residence halls through Dec. 13, the original holiday departure date.
For college students, Pertussis is an inconvenience, not a danger or threat. However, because Pertussis is highly contagious and all of you have contacts and families with young children and elderly people, we need to exercise precautions. We are in continual contact with the health department and are following and exceeding their recommendations. As of this morning, a total of 17 people have been diagnosed as confirmed or highly suspect cases, and many others have been checked some of whom have been treated with antibiotics as a precautionary measure.

Over the next few days, stay focused on your classes and final exams. If you develop symptoms between now and your departure next week, go to Barge right away for evaluation.

We will communicate additional information to you via e-mail as necessary over the next week.

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