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Washington State flu outbreak eases up

PULLMAN, Wash. – A swine flu outbreak at Washington State University that is suspected of sickening about 2,200 students may be tapering off, a campus health official said yesterday.

The outbreak comes as colleges and school systems nationwide prepare for what authorities fear will be a virulent flu season.

Dr. Dennis Garcia said 40 to 50 students a day have contacted the health service at WSU campus this weekend to report flu symptoms. That’s down from roughly 150 a day last week. None is known to have required hospitalization.

Garcia notes many students have gone home for the Labor Day weekend, but there are still signs the outbreak may have peaked.