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WSU official: Swine flu outbreak may be easing

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PULLMAN, Wash. - A health official at Washington State University says the school's swine flu outbreak may be tapering off.

Dr. Dennis Garcia says 40 to 50 students a day contacted the health service at the Pullman campus this weekend to report flu symptoms, well under the approximately 150 a day last week. Garcia notes many students are home for the Labor Day weekend, but there still are signs the outbreak may have peaked.

To date, about 2,200 students have contacted the health service, and Garcia says another 1,000 also may have gotten sick. Based on federal estimates, he says about one-third or about 5,000 of the Pullman students can be expected to come down with the bug.

None of the students required hospitalization. Sick students are being told to stay home and rest until the illness runs its course.

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