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PULLMAN, Wash. - The number of students calling to report flu-like symptoms at Washington State University has dropped sharply, indicating the nation's biggest outbreak of swine flu on a college campus may be easing.

Washington State officials reported that 68 students called the health service Thursday. That was well below the 128 who called on Wednesday, and continued a trend of declining numbers this week. More than 2,500 students have called WSU Health and Wellness

Services to complain of flu-like symptoms. One student has been hospitalized for dehydration, but otherwise nearly all cases have been mild.

The American College Health Association has reported that the state of Washington had the most swine flu cases among students.

Nearly all of those cases were at WSU, as other colleges in the state are just opening or have not yet opened.

WA tops swine flu rate among students

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

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.

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