Graduate Students

Harvard Dental Suspends Classes and Closes Clinic Because Student May Have Swine Flu

May 01, 2009

Harvard dental school’s treatment clinic was closed Thursday night by local health authorities after a student developed a probable case of swine flu, The Boston Globe reported today.

The university has temporarily suspended classes across the Longwood medical campus as well. The Boston Public Health Commission is checking to see whether any patients were treated by the student, who is now recovering, while he was contagious. The student may have picked up the virus by coming in contact with someone who had been to Mexico, the Globe reported.

The Globe also reported that Northeastern University has asked students not to shake hands with college officials as they receive their diplomas today during graduation ceremonies, which are expected to draw about 21,000 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 100 cases of swine flu have now been diagnosed in the United States.

The International Association of Emergency Managers has created a Google map of swine-flu cases, where staff members are tracking reported outbreaks of the virus on college campuses. —Beth McMurtrie