In only two days — from Tuesday to Thursday this week — the number of students showing signs of influenza on the Vanderbilt University campus nearly doubled, from 28 to 52. Of those, 10 have been confirmed as swine flu, according to the school.
The news comes just a day after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Georgia Tech had 100 suspected cases of flu in just one week on the Atlanta campus, with 12 of them confirmed as the highly contagious H1N1 virus.
Officials had warned that college campuses were ripe for the spreading of H1N1 and with classes underway, they are asking students who have flu-like symptoms to isolate themselves for a few days — professors will understand.
Ten cases were confirmed as being the H1N1 virus at Vanderbilt on Thursday, according to Liz Latt, assistant vice chancellor for news and communications. Classes began on Wednesday.
The Vanderbilt Student Health Center is urging any student who has a temperature more than 100 degrees with a cough or sore throat to come in and be evaluated.