OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Hundreds of students are out sick with
swine flu or flulike symptoms in Opelkia, Lee County and Auburn
City schools.

Opelika City School superintendent Mark Neighbors said Tuesday
the system has 340 students out sick and Auburn City Schools
superintendent Terry Jenkins said 414 of their students are out.

Auburn University is reporting approximately 50 potential flu
cases while Lee County Schools has numerous absences and is
planning a head count Wednesday.

All three systems and the university are encouraging the sick to
stay home and advocating hand washing or using hand sanitizers as forms of prevention.

The school systems are sending students with fevers home.

Opelika head coach Brian Blackmon said he's had to come up with
a whole new game plan since he's now missing a quarter of his team.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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