COLLEGE PARK, MD — The Department of Resident Life at the University of Maryland has joined the crusade with the custodial staff to conquer the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, according to the Diamondback.
Last week, Resident Life distributed about $13,000 worth of Clorox disinfectant wipes to campus dormitories in hopes that students will use them on high-touch areas like doorknobs and light switches, the story stated.
Donna Metz, the assistant director for North Campus, said: "When you work in an institution with people in close quarters, we want to do everything we can to protect students'' health. It was a preventative thing more than anything else. We''re doing the kind of things we always do, like reminding students about good personal hygiene. There are always outbreaks of flu, and we post signs to cover your cough, use sanitary measures and things like that."
An e-mail was sent to all students informing them of the distribution of disinfectant wipes and included tips to keep them safe and healthy, the story noted.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 23 confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus in the state of Maryland.
University officials are doing all they can to prevent an outbreak and say they have no intention of closing the school if the virus does show up on campus, the story added.
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