February 14, 2008
(AP) The flu has taken hold of Virginia with a vengeance.
The Virginia Department of Health reports that influenza is officially widespread in every district, which means flu cases are at their highest levels.
Department spokeswoman Michelle Peregoy said Thursday that the state has no way to track the number of cases, but gets reports from hospital emergency rooms and health clinics about the patients they're seeing with flu-like symptoms: high fever and a cough or sore throat.
One of the worst outbreaks is winding down at the University of Virginia, according to Dr. James C. Turner, executive director of the school's Elson Student Health Center.
Turner said that as of late Wednesday, U.Va. health officials had treated 445 cases of the flu in the past month.