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2 Washington & Lee Students Are 'Probable Cases'

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer

Two “probable cases” of swine flu infection in Virginia were announced Friday by the state’s health commissioner, Karen Remley.

She said the cases affected two students at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, who both were recovering well from mild illnesses.

Remley said neither student had traveled outside the United States, but both had recently visited other states. None of those state were known to have confirmed cases of the infection, she said.

The state health department said it did not release information about probable cases unless there is a public health reason for the release.

The appearance of two probable cases on the same campus “increases the possibility” that transmission “has occurred locally,” Remley said.

That, she added, prompted her to release the information, “out of an abundance of caution.”

Remley said both students were suspected early of possibly having the flu, and were appropriately treated.

In a statement from the health department, Remley said she wrote an open letter to all college students in Virginia emphasizing the need to seek immediate medical care if they show flu symptoms.

By washingtonpost.com Editor  |  May 1, 2009; 9:42 PM ET
Categories:  New Cases , Schools  
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It's a good thing swine flu isn't an STD, or it'd be all over dubyanell by now.

Posted by: gaijinsamurai | May 2, 2009 1:31 AM | Report abuse

The World Health Organization and CDC acknowledged yesterday that the Swine Flu "pandemic" is greatly overblown.

The Swine Flu is nothing more dangerous than the regular flu we see every few years. WHO noted that the deaths in Mexico were largely the result of pneumonia and other illnesses, as well as the susceptibility to any disease in areas of abject poverty where pigs, chickens and vermin populated human living quarters.

We should rename this the SEBELIUS FLU since it enabled the Kansas Governor to get her Senate confirmation without challenge by the GOP -- so she could take over HHS and deal with this "crisis."

Posted by: irisatrx | May 2, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

all it means is that God is on the side of the Democrats.

Posted by: why1201 | May 2, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

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