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Students return to school with Swine flu

September 3, 2009 3:15:47 PM PDT
Classes are back in session for college students across the country. As they return from their summer vacations, many are bringing back cases of the swine flu. The close confines of campus life make dealing with the illness very difficult.

Health officials say college campuses are a prime breeding ground for the swine flu.

A report from the American College Health Association found a total of 1,640 infected students during the first week of class.

"This population has very little immunity to the flu, and so it's spreading faster than the normal flu might," says Jeanne Norberg, a spokeswoman from Purdue University.

Fortunately, none of the students have been hospitalized or killed by the virus.

At Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., there are at least 200 cases of the Swine Flu. Due to this high number, the school has a dorm set aside for them, called Swine '09.

"It just keeps you around other people that are going through the same thing, and it's good to know we're not infecting other people around us," says Sarah Spitz, an Emory student.

Swine flu is contagious, so at town hall meetings like one held in Buffalo, N.Y., health officials are trying to assure the public that they're prepared for anything. New York State Health Commissioner Doctor Richard Daines says officials have a large stockpile of flu prevention drugs in place just in case anyone needs them.

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