BU Clinic Shut Because Of Probable Swine Flu Case

Boston University has temporarily closed its orthodontic clinic because of a probable case of H1N1, or swine flu.

A resident at Boston University's Goldman School of Dental Medicine is being tested for a probable case of swine flu.

Barbara Ferrer, the executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, says officials are tracking down a dozen patients treated by the female resident at the South End campus. Officials say they talked with 10 patients who are not showing any signs of the flu.

Health authorities are also monitoring fellow students and faculty. They say two of the 15 dental students are showing signs of influenza. One student has a sore throat and another has a cough.

"We have recommended that the 15 postgraduate dental students, the three staff and the seven faculty who work at the orthodontic clinic stay home in voluntary isolation until May 8," Ferrer said.

BU has closed its orthodontic clinic through Thursday.

Harvard University temporarily shut down it's dental clinic last week, after Boston health officials found a probable flu cluster there.

This program aired on May 4, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.


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