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Colleges could be breeding ground for H1N1

Posted August 14, 2009 9:52 p.m. EDT
Updated August 14, 2009 11:01 p.m. EDT

— Health officials say that bustling college campuses are a potential breeding ground for disease like the H1N1 virus.

Students need to develop habits like getting plenty of rest, eating well and washing their hands for at least 15 seconds,” said Barbara Bisset, an executive director at WakeMed Hospital.

Parents, like Sue Burdett, are confident their students will be prepared.

“I haven’t been nervous about it. Really, I think if you take care of yourself and keep your hands clean, it’s not that big of a deal,” Burdett said Friday.

North Carolina State University student Christine Burdett said she plans to eats healthy and not pass germs by sharing drinks with others.

“Since, mainly, we’ll be the only people, like, in our room, if we keep that clean, then we should be fine,” Christine Burdett said.

Russ Stephenson said his son, N.C. State student Jasper Stephenson, is educated about good hygiene.

“I’m not really concerned very much at all. It just doesn’t really impact me that much,” Jasper Stephenson said.

Bisset said students need to isolate themselves the minutes they recognize they are becoming ill.