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Uptick In Flu Cases At Area Colleges

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Colleges in the region are reporting more than 600 cases of "flu-like illness" as the school year gets back into full swing.

It's unclear clear how many of the recently reported cases are H1N1 swine flu and how many are seasonal flu, but health centers are treating them the same way.

The Washington Post reports that of the 600 cases around the region, 435 were at the University of Maryland at College Park. The University of Virginia is reporting 95 cases, while Georgetown says it's seen at least 50 so far. Other colleges around the area report lower numbers.

Health workers are reminding affected students to stay away from class until they're better to avoid spreading germs.

There have been at least two deaths from flu reported at schools around the country this year, but none in our area. Despite the numbers of infections here, health administrators say most reported symptoms have been mild.

Matt McCleskey reports...

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