MGCCC prepares for swine flu

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College recently dealt with a swine flu outbreak. Both the Jefferson Davis campus in Gulfport and the Jackson County campus in Gautier had students infected with the virus.

But with students living in dorms on the Perkinston campus, school officials are taking extra measures to prevent a swine flu outbreak there.

Aziza Jalalova is a second year international student at MGCCC's Perk campus.

"I'm taking anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, all the fun stuff," Jalalova said.

The sophomore is also a nursing major. When she's not hitting the books, she's making sure her dormitory is swine flu free.

"I'm just trying to make sure that all the girls are keeping their rooms neat and clean and that they spray and sanitize and wash their hands, just precautions," Jalalova said.

In recent weeks, the college has had to deal with two different cases of swine flu in Gautier and Gulfport. But so far in Perkinston, there's been no sign of swine flu.

"I thought, wow, this is very serious and this is pretty close," Jalalova said.

That's why she's going the extra mile to make sure that she doesn't get sick. So are her peers.

"Just this past week I had some congestion in my nose and in my head, and I was like, I'm not getting this. So I started spraying the room down with Lysol and started taking Ibuprofen and making sure I didn't get sick and it worked," Russell said.

"We have things on how to keep from getting it, but if you get it, what to do," said Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College President Willis Lott.

Lott said many school officials have sent text messages and emails to students with new information on the virus. The college has also posted bulletins throughout the campus to remind students and staff of preventative measures against swine flu in hopes of having one less outbreak.

"The small things make a huge difference," Lott said.

To keep up on the latest flu season news, and learn more about treatments and prevention, visit our special online section Flu Season: Stay Informed & Stay Healthy.

©2009 WLOX. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.