Loyola student has probable swine flu case

  • By Peter Sachs
  • Staff Writer
  • April 29, 2009 @ 6:08 PM

A Loyola University student has a probable case of swine flu but is doing well and is considered an isolated case, school officials are saying.

The 20-year-old male has been at home for several days but lived in Fairfield Hall, a 200-student dorm located at 6228 N. Winthrop in Rogers Park, according to a statement from the university.

“It’s not confirmed, but the Chicago Department of Public Health said it’s a probable. They diagnosed him,” says Loyola spokeswoman Annie Hughes.

Loyola has sanitized that student’s dorm room as well as all of the common areas of Fairfield Hall, the statement said.

“The University is working closely with the health department to make sure that the situation is contained, including meeting with people who may have been in close contact with the student,” the statement said.

Hughes says so far, there are no indications that any other students have been infected. Most students have finals this week and the school has no plans to shut down early, Hughes says.

She said she did not know if the student's case pushed up the number of probable swine flu cases in the Chicago region from nine to 10 on Wednesday. She also did not know if the Loyola student had recently visited Mexico.

A spokesman for the city's health department said the Loyola student was one of the nine cases.

Loyola is providing updates at a special page on its Web site.

Correction: The address of Fairfield Hall is 6228 N. Winthrop. An earlier version of this article gave a incorrect address, which was provided by Loyola officials.

Daily News Staff Writer Peter Sachs covers higher education. He can be reached at 773.362.5002, ext. 18, or peter [at] chitowndailynews [dot] org.