Four UCT students have been quarantined after contracting the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, but the risk to the university community is minimal, says UCT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Max Price.
The students were placed in isolation following their exposure to the virus during an inter-varsity squash tournament at the University of Johannesburg two weeks ago. The UCT team had eight players and one staff member in their team.
Media reports suggest that about 70 people country-wide have been confirmed to carrying swine flu.
The four casualties, together with affected students from other universities, were placed in isolation as a pre-cautionary measure, Price said.
"We understand that our students were exposed at a time they were experiencing seasonal colds and 'flu and were more susceptible to this virus," Price explained.
He said in a statement today that the university had been in touch with the players and that there is no reason to be concerned about their health, the treatment they are receiving, or the risk that they may pass on the virus to others.
"UCT continues to monitor and assess the risks associated with the H1N1 influenza since it emerged a few months ago, including recent cases in the Western Cape.
"Our student services and the Student Wellness Centre are geared up to handle any eventuality associated with the virus, in particular once students return to residences."
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