Fox News and other sources are reporting that 54 students at the University of Alabama have been treated at the student health center in the past few days. All of them are likely to have the Swine Flu (H1N1) virus. Similar outbreaks have been reported in Alabama elementary schools since classes started there last week.
The University is setting up information lines for students and parents, and taking other steps to minimize the spread of the virus. Classes in the Southeast traditionally start earlier than elsewhere in the country, but this may well be an indicator of how a return to classes will signal an uptick in the number of cases, just as public health officials have been predicting.