Swine flu cases prompt media frenzy on campus

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Television stations, newspapers and blogs covered breaking news ten days ago that the District’s first two probable cases of the swine flu were students at GW.

In the days following the May 1 press conference held by the University and D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty’s Office that announced the two probable cases, news cameras popped up around campus, filming outside of Thurston Hall where the first students with then-probable cases lived. Crews also interviewed students in University Yard, and captured footage near Gelman Library.

Local affiliates for NBC, FOX, and CBS all covered GW in newscasts, though NBC did not film on campus. The Associated Press wrote several articles covering or referring to swine flu at the University as well, and a snarkier take on the news could be found on several D.C.-based blogs, including Wonkette.

Coverage also appeared in The Washington Post, Washington Times, Washington City Paper, the D.C. Examiner and WTOP.com.

Last week, the University announced that three of the five probable cases at GW had been confirmed. All five of the students, however, are no longer ill or contagious, the announcement said.

Correction:
In the caption for the photograph (published in the May 11, 2009, print edition) attached to this online story, The Hatchet misidentified reporter Caroline Lyders as Anita Brikman.

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