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H1N1 hits MATC

MADISON (WKOW)-- Three Madison Area Technical College students have confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus.

Two of the students took classes at the college's Truax campus and one took classes at the college's downtown Madison campus.

"These students are currently at home and working with their instructors to keep up with their class work," says Joshua Cotillier, Madison Area Technical College's Health and Safety Manager.

Cotillier says the college has been preparing for a possible outbreak of the H1N1 flu since April.

"We installed waterless hand sanitizing dispensers throughout our campuses with an emphasis on areas where students and staff typically gather, we have been working in close partnership for many months with area health departments to monitor the spread of the flu, we have developed and disseminated a number of informational materials for students and staff, and we have increased the frequency and depth of routine cleaning at our campuses."

College campuses throughout the country are seeing an increase in the number of flu cases this year. Cotillier says the best way to protect one's self is something we've all heard many times before.

"Wash your hands often and avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth to avoid the spread of germs. And if you believe you have the flu...stay home."

Students, parents and staff who have questions about MATC's preparation for and response to the H1N1 virus can contact Joshua Cotillier at (608) 246-6291.

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