There weren't many students out around the campus and athletic fields at Eastern Mennonite University Tuesday, but there was a buzz on campus that said why the emptiness wasn't a good thing.
Students and faculty are coming down with a flu-like virus that seems to be spreading throughout the college.
"We’ve seen different things on campus, but the predominant thing is high fever, cough, headache, body aches, typical respiratory symptoms that are similar to influenza in nature. I presume we are seeing some," says Magaret Upton, Health Director.
People started to notice the illness when five members of the girls’ basketball team came down with the virus. The assistant athletic director, Carlene Overacker, says it’s spreading.
"It’s widespread on campus," says Overacker. "It’s not just our athletes."
The Virginia Health Department is currently reporting widespread influenza in the state. Athletic Director David King says this is just something with which colleges have deal.
"Anytime you get a whole bunch of people living together, anything can happen," says King. "It’s going to spread real fast. I’m sure the training staff is doing a great job. It's one of those things you just have to push through."
Health staff on campus are asking students to stay home if they are not feeling well at this time.
The only way to confirm a case of the flu virus is through a test and none of the students at EMU have had that test. However, local health officials have confirmed widespread flu in the Valley.