CDC confirms three of five probable swine flu cases

Three GW students have tested positive for H1N1 influenza  – better known as the swine flu – the University announced Saturday morning.

The positive tests represent no new cases of the virus at GW. They are just confirmations of three of the five probable cases that were announced last week.

The results of the other two cases have not yet returned from the lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

“The University previously reported that five GW students diagnosed with influenza were probable cases of H1N1 influenza,” the University said in a press release. “The DC Department of Health has now informed the University that testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed three of those students were positive cases of H1N1 influenza.”

In the release, the University said these students are no longer contagious and appropriate measures were taken to make sure the students did not spread the virus to others.

“All five students had been promptly moved to private rooms in a residence hall to limit exposure to other students, are no longer contagious, and have recovered fully following treatment,” the release said. “There are currently no other known cases of influenza of any type on campus.”

University spokeswoman Tracy Schario declined to comment on where these students originally lived and where they were relocated to on campus.

GW students comprise three of the four confirmed swine flu cases in D.C. More than 1639 cases of the swine flu have been confirmed in the U.S. with only two reported deaths.

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