A student was hospitalized Monday after contracting the H5N1 avian influenza virus, according to the University of Hawaiʻi Department of Public Health.
The H5-N1 virus has killed at least 20 people, mostly in the United States, and has sparked a national scare.
The University of Hawaii Department of Education confirmed Monday that a male student at the Sorinakae dormitory had the virus.
He is in stable condition.
The student, who is a junior at the school, was transported to a hospital for a respiratory infection and is being treated for respiratory problems, said a university official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the student was not authorized to speak to the media.
The school is providing free airfare to all students in the dormitory during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sorinaka is a dormitory on the east side of Honolulu that houses about 6,500 students, including more than 400 seniors and students from other schools.
It was built in the 1960s as a high school.
The school has more than 100 buildings, including dormitories and houses for students who are in or out of the building, and other buildings.
Students have been asked to limit outdoor activities and stay home during the pandemic, according a message from the university on its website.
The message is also on the school’s social media pages.
Sorosaka’s campus is a hotbed for student life.
On Wednesday, a group of sorority girls marched on campus and held a rally to highlight the epidemic.