MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A new survey shows colleges and universities in Alabama are being hit harder by the flu than schools in any other state except Washington, and a state health official says the early start of classes is a factor.
A survey by the American College Health Association survey found 119 new suspected flu cases per 10,000 students in Alabama last week. Only Washington, with 130 new cases per 10,000 students, was hit harder.
Dr. Don Williamson, Alabama's state health officer, says students in the Southeast typically go back to school earlier than students in other regions, and more time together on campus means a higher rate of infection.
Among surrounding states, Georgia had the next highest rate last week, with 57 new cases per 10,000 students.