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1 Case at Washington and Lee Confirmed

Virginia health officials said today that one of two Washington and Lee students suspected of contracting swine flu actually has the illness, raising the number of confirmed cases in the state to three.

The confirmation also adds to the anxiety for educators across the region, who are grappling with questions about school closures.

State Health Commissioner Karen Remley said that the student is recovering nicely.

“This confirmation does not change the risks to those on campus, but it does reemphasize that everyone should follow good infection control practices, including avoiding others if you [are] sick with flu symptoms,” Remley said in a statement.

Officials agreed that it was not necessary to close the campus on Friday when the suspected cases became known.

Virginia health officials have established an information line at 877 275-8343 for anyone with concerns or questions. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Sunday and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday.

-- Valerie Strauss

By Michael E. Ruane  |  May 2, 2009; 1:37 PM ET
Categories:  New Cases  
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