Distributed April 9, 2001
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Mark Nickel
Health alert for students who visited Acapulco during spring break
Brown University’s Office of Health Services has issued a health alert for
students who visited Acapulco during spring break. An easily treated fungal
infection has been identified in the air conditioning ducts of a hotel
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Edward A. Wheeler, M.D., co-director of Health
Services at Brown University, has issued the following health alert for students
who visited Acapulco during spring break:
Health Alert for students who traveled to Acapulco, Mexico,
You may have been exposed to an easily treatable fungal infection. Of
particular interest are those who stayed at or visited the Calinda Beach Hotel.
It is believed the air ducts in the air conditioning system were contaminated.
You are encouraged to contact Health Services at 863-1330 to arrange to be seen
at your earliest convenience. Again, this health alert is only for those
students who traveled to Acapulco. This infection is not spread
person-to-person, so people who have been in contact with someone who visited
Acapulco are not – repeat not – at risk and do not need to be
seen unless they are currently being treated for HIV/AIDS, cancer or long-term
Edward A. Wheeler, M.D.
Co-Director, Health Services