Swine Flu Hitting Alabama Campuses Hard

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A new survey shows colleges and
universities in Alabama are being hit harder by the flu than
schools in any other state except Washington, and a state health
official says the early start of classes is a factor.

A survey by the American College Health Association survey found
119 new suspected flu cases per 10,000 students in Alabama last
week. Only Washington, with 130 new cases per 10,000 students, was
hit harder.

Dr. Don Williamson, Alabama's state health officer, says
students in the Southeast typically go back to school earlier than
students in other regions, and more time together on campus means a
higher rate of infection.

Among surrounding states, Georgia had the next highest rate last
week, with 57 new cases per 10,000 students.

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

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