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    Over 600 flu cases reported at D.C.-area colleges

    <!-- STORY BYLINE --> <!-- STORY PUBLICATION DATE --> Published 09/14/09

    <!-- STORY LEAD (AT TOP IF LENGTHY ENOUGH) --> WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Colleges in the Washington area are reporting more than 600 cases of flulike illness at a time when officials are worried about swine flu.

    It's unclear how many of the cases may be swine flu, but health officials at area colleges said most reports of symptoms have been mild.

    The highest number of reported cases of flu-like symptoms is at the University of Maryland College Park, which reported 435. It is followed by the University of Virginia, which is reporting 95, and Georgetown University, which is reporting at least 50 cases.

    Other colleges and universities in the region - George Washington, Virginia Tech, Catholic University, American University, Johns Hopkins University, the College of William and Mary and the U.S. Naval Academy - reported between one and 37 cases.
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    Re: D.C. area colleges report over 600 flu cases

    Sep 22 2009

    Swine flu infects over 250 Georgetown students

    Posted by: Will Sommer in News

    As of Monday, Georgetown has had around 250 cases of H1N1, or swine flu, according to an e-mail from Dr. James Welsh, Assistant Vice President for Student Health. Last Tuesday, Georgetown’s estimate was around 150, so the number has risen by 100 in 6 days.

    Welsh’s estimates come from students who went to the Student Health Center with flu symptoms, students who called the H1N1 hotline or the Health Center’s doctor-on-call, and students who went to the hospital’s emergency room.

    Since the number doesn’t include students who were sick but never called the hotline or received treatment, the actual number of Georgetown students sick with H1N1 is most likely higher.

    For avid swine flu watchers, check out the American College Health Association’s weekly updates on H1N1 at colleges. Georgetown and other universities submit their numbers every Monday, so it’s the place to be to monitor the flu’s spread District- or nationwide.
    Last edited by Pathfinder; September 22nd, 2009, 04:35 PM. Reason: link
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