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Midshipman In Isolation Ward To Curb Swine Flu Spread

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The U.S. Naval Academy has set up a temporary isolation unit and quarantined dozens of midshipmen with possible swine flu symptoms.

Commander Joe Carpenter says 170 midshipmen have been isolated this fall, in an attempt to curb the spread of the H1N1 virus. Although only seven cases of swine flu have been confirmed, as of Monday night there were 33 midshipmen in an isolation ward. The ward was converted from an existing athletic facility in the academy's dormitory.

Carpenter says the number of midshipmen in isolation at one time has ranged from a few dozen to 75 last Friday. Every morning midshipmen are asked how they are feeling. Anyone with flu-like symptoms is isolated as a precaution for two to four days.

Meymo Lyons reports...

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