CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: April 13, 2001
UI Student Health Service seeking recent student travelers
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa students who
have traveled to Acapulco since last March 1 are asked to contact UI Student
Health Service, due to a recent outbreak of an acute respiratory illness among
college students returning from Mexico.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
have notified the Iowa Department of Public Health and other state health
departments about a number of suspected cases of histoplasmosis, an acute
respiratory illness with flu-like symptoms, among college students returning
from Acapulco. So far, 85 students representing 37 colleges and universities
in 18 states have been identified as possibly having the illness.
Histoplasmosis is a fungal organism that, in normally
healthy individuals, is not of serious consequence. Uncomplicated primary
pulmonary histoplasmosis usually does not require any treatment. However,
treatment will be given to individuals with compromised immune systems or
with a progressive disseminated disease.
Any UI student who has traveled to Acapulco since
March 1 should contact the Student Health Service NurseLine at (319) 335-9704
or 335-8263. Students are asked to leave a message if there is no answer,
and a nurse will return calls as soon as possible. The NurseLine is answered
from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.