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SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington easily leads the nation in the incidence of swine flu among college students.

The latest report from the American College Health Association says Washington is reporting a rate of 366 cases per 10,000 students. That's nearly triple the rate of Georgia, the next highest state.

It's way above the national average of 18 cases per 10,000 students.

The biggest outbreak is at Washington State University in Pullman, and it shows little sign of abating. The school on Thursday reported that 128 students contacted health officials with flu-like symptoms on Wednesday. One student was hospitalized for dehydration, but is recovering.

Swine Flu cases at WSU jump up again

The number of people reporting flu-like symptoms at Washington State University doesn't appear to be dropping.

Health and Wellness Services reported 169 students contacted them Tuesday to report symptoms consistent with the swine flu.

That's similar to the daily numbers reported last week.

The number of people reporting the flu dropped a lot during the Labor Day holiday, when many students left campus.

About 2,500 students have contacted Health and Wellness Services with flu-like symptoms since school began in late August. Nobody has been hospitalized, and most patients have mild symptoms and are better in three to five days.

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