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.
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