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11 Confirmed Swine Flu Cases in Va., Officials Say

Virginia health officials say there are 11 confirmed cases of swine flu in the state, including seven at Washington & Lee University.

The Virginia Health Department said in a release Wednesday that none of the cases involved hospitalization and all patients either had recovered or were recovering well.

At Washington & Lee in Lexington, five men and two women were confirmed to have the disease.

Health officials say a man and a woman in the Chesterfield health district, a man in the Three Rivers district and a female child in the Norfolk district had swine flu.

A Norfolk preschool that closed on Monday as a result of the case there reopened on Wednesday.

The 11 cases include three that had previously been confirmed.

-- Associated Press

By Mike McPhate  |  May 6, 2009; 1:41 PM ET
Categories:  New Cases  
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this will be the biggest non news story of the year. 1 death, 100 deaths, big deal...30,000 die every year from flu related illnesses.

Posted by: billm2257 | May 6, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Virginians must now be wary of defective Chinese drywall, which has led to respiratory difficulty in hundreds of people, mainly in the South. However, more cases are being reported across the country. Here is more on the subject:

Posted by: muckraker462 | May 6, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Bill, you're missing the point. What matters is the mortality rate, not the actual number of deaths at this point. The mortality rate of seasonal flu is less than 0.1%. So far the mortality rate of swine flu is 1.5% to 2%. That means if H1N1 swine flu spreads all around the U.S. like seasonal flu usually does, more than half a million Americans will die. Most of them children.

Posted by: BlueVA | May 7, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

I've read in the Post about cases at GWU; yet the CDC table ( shows cases in Maryland and Virginia, but not DC. So now I'm confused. Are there cases in the District of Columbia or not?

Posted by: d7s0 | May 7, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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