Wood Co. One Of Border Counties In W.Va. Seeing Spike In Swine Flu

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- From coal mines to classrooms, West Virginians are bracing for swine flu to spread as pockets of cases are being reported in several border counties.

West Virginia Bureau for Public Health spokeswoman Marsha Dadisman says spikes in the number of H1N1 cases were recorded Tuesday in Cabell, Mercer, Monongalia and Wood Counties.

Schools were among the hardest hit, including nearly 400 cases at West Virginia University.

0Cabell County Schools spokesman Jedd Flowers said about 40 percent of the student body was absent Tuesday, three days after a freshman at Cabell Midland High School died.

Two other people have died of H1N1 in West Virginia, including a 51-year-old Kanawha County man who died Sept. 3 and a 37-year-old person who died last week.

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