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article imageSwine flu infects 2,000 at university, virus on most campuses

By Michael Krebs     Sep 5, 2009 in Health
With school just 2 weeks into session, WSU reports 2,000 infections of H1N1 swine flu. 55 percent of college campuses are hit with the aggressive bug.
The H1N1 swine flu virus is making its presence known on college campuses across the United States. While symptoms remain mild and the virus does not appear likely to recombine with common flu varieties, it has already managed to sicken 2,000 students at Washington State University alone - just two weeks into the fall semester.
The pandemic is reappearing in the northern hemisphere early, with 55 percent of college campuses in the U.S. reporting infections and two new swine flu deaths reported in Dallas.
In monitoring the global behaviors of the swine flu bug, the World Health Organization noted that the virus has not shown any signs of increased virulence. However, there are seven known cases of Tamiflu-resistant strains in the U.S.
“I’ve never seen a flu season ever in September,’’ Dr. James Turner told The Boston Globe. Dr. Turner is the director of Virginia's Department of Student Health and is also president of the American College Health Association. “I use the word ‘explosive’ to describe it. I don’t recall flu that appears and spreads so rapidly.’’
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