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Two H1N1 cases are confirmed at Valdosta State

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Two cases of H1N1 have been confirmed on the Valdosta State University campus.

"We're continuing to monitor the situation very closely in consultation with public health authorities," said Dr. Edwin Hiatt, Director and physician for the VSU Student Health Center.

One of the patients is a Governor's Honors student.  700 high schoolers in that program are currently staying on the VSU campus.

The second case is a VSU student. 

Both students were tested for H1N1 at the University Health Center.  Culture samples were sent to the public health lab in Atlanta where they both came back positive.

The two were never in contact with one another. "They must have contracted it in the community in some way," said Lynne Feldman, Director of South Health District.

The students were treated and now they are recovering at home.  Feldman says most people with the virus are not hospitalized.

So far, 174 cases have been confirmed in Georgia and one death.

"This disease is apparently seeking out young people," said Feldman. 

Young people don't have any protection to the disease.  "Older persons do have some immunity they may have gotten through exposure from previous flu epidemics over time or previous flu vaccinations," continued Feldman.

Health officials do not believe there are any other cases within the Governor's Honors Program. However, they're keeping a close eye on students to make sure they stay healthy.

The college student who tested positive for H1N1 is in good condition. They're expected to return to class on Monday.  The rising high school senior is also expected to make a full recovery.