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Duke leadership camp closed due to flu

Posted July 22, 2009

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— Leaders of Duke University's Talent Identification Program asked parents Wednesday to pick up campers from the East Campus summer program after more than 25 students showed signs of influenza.

The three-week program for students in grades 7-10 was scheduled to run from July 9-Aug. 2. Instead, campers will be free to leave as soon as noon on Thursday, according to an update posted Wednesday afternoon on the program's Web site. After that time, students will be supervised by staff, but no instruction will take place. All students and staff will be sent home by 5 p.m. Saturday, the Web site said.

Parents were asked to contact the program at 919-668-9100 to finalize travel arrangements. Staff members were to shuttle students who traveled to Duke from out of town to the bus station or airport once their parents have made arrangements.

The program was offering parents a 50 percent refund of the program fee and $100 toward travel costs.


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  • Nunya123 Jul 23, 2009

    How terrible. Hope all of the kids and faculty are O.K. The TIP program is such a great program for academically gifted kids. I hope they offer them a chance to retake their program and not just give them a refund.

  • kikinc Jul 23, 2009

    Actually, it was the parents' decision to bring the kids home. Duke let them know what was going on, and the majority just wanted the kids home. If you know someone these days with the flu, most likely it's H1N1. We've just been freaking out about because of all the hype, which it hasn't lived up to.

  • THE ETERNAL Jul 22, 2009

    This flu is no better or worse than any other flu. Just a scam to get people to buy into some dangerous vaccine.

  • that_judi_girl Jul 22, 2009

    Since H1N1 is the most predominant strain presently, there is no need to do the testing. Whether it is H1N1 or another Flu - people should go home if they are sick and at risk of infecting others. If my child were sick, I would want them to come home.

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Jul 22, 2009

    Clever comment. Yep, Duke should open a hospital ward for them and assume responsibility for them. Yep.

  • Journey985 Jul 22, 2009

    Great, 25 campers showing signs of the flu, and instead of testing them for the H1N1, we are going to pack them off in busses and planes to possibly get others sick? Nice work Duke!!! Theres higher education thinking for you!