March 14, 2014
Health officials at the University of Virginia say nearly 300 students have gotten sick with the flu in recent weeks.
Dr. James C. Turner, executive director of U.Va.'s Elson Student Health Center, says it's the biggest flu outbreak since the mid-1990s.
At least 281 U.Va. students have sought treatment for flu symptoms since January 21.
About two dozen students with flu-like symptoms visited the student health center over the holidays, but Turner says the number of cases "exploded" after students returned from break in mid-January.
The Virginia Department of Health declared two weeks ago that the flu had officially gone "widespread." That means at least half the state's jurisdictions are reporting significant increases in cases or flu outbreaks.