Thursday, October 15, 2009

Number of flu-like cases rise to 409

There have been a total of 409 cases of influenza-like illness on campus since Aug. 30, University spokeswoman Emily Aronson said Thursday evening. The figure represented a 57.3 percent increase since Oct. 5, when University Health Services (UHS) Executive Director John Kolligian said at a meeting of the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) that the total was 260 cases.

The UHS has identified 62 active cases of flu-like illness, defined as cases identified within the past 72 hours, Aronson said.

Aronson explained that an accurate count would be difficult to determine, but that the University has seen less flu-like activity than peer schools.

"Of course, there's no way to tell definitely the exact number of cases because some people may not identify themselves to UHS," Aronson said.

On Sept. 17, the total count of on-campus cases of flu-like illness since Aug. 30 stood at 34. By Sept. 24, the total number of cases had jumped to 80. On Oct. 5th, the total number of cases rose to 260.

-- Tasnim Shamma '11