UWI resumes classes despite swine flu cases

(The Gleaner) – Normal classes were set to resume Monday at the University of the West Indies Mona campus despite confirmation of cases of the H1N1 virus in students.

Three students at the campus were diagnosed with the virus on the weekend and up to 100 others are said to have reported flu-like symptoms.

The deputy principal at the UWI, Joseph Pereira said the H1N1 virus on the Mona campus is contained, but the administration will continue to monitor the situation.

Meanwhile the University said in order to reduce the risk of exposure it had postponed all non-essential meetings and social events that were scheduled to take place on the campus over the next seven days.

The UWI has further advised that members of staff or students who may have symptoms of influenza should remain at home and seek medical attention.

The University has also appealed to affected persons not to report to the campus until they have been properly assessed by a medical doctor and certified fit to return.