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Two N.C. State students diagnosed with H1N1

Posted June 13, 2009 12:15 a.m. EDT

— Two North Carolina State University students have been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, university officials said early Saturday.

The students, who both reside off-campus in Wake County, are recovering and in self-isolation at home, officials said.

These cases bring the statewide total to 85 confirmed cases of the illness, which is also called swine flu.

The university has notified individuals enrolled in classes with the ill students to monitor themselves for flu symptoms.

Health officials say people in high-risk groups, such as children under age five, pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions, need to be extra careful and see a doctor if they feel sick.

Ways you can help prevent the transmission of the H1N1 virus are:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Stay at home if you are sick

Influenza-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea or vomiting associated with this virus.

Like seasonal flu, the H1N1 virus can vary in severity from mild to severe. This strain of influenza appears to be milder than the seasonal influenza.