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Thursday, April 30, 2009 8:44 p.m.

Two World Bank and White House employees test positive for swine flu

Two men who work near campus have tested positive for swine flu: a Maryland man who works at the World Bank and a White House staffer.

Both men are suspected of catching the virus—which has been confirmed in more than 100 cases nationwide—on recent business trips to Mexico. The World Bank employee has already recovered from the illness, according to several news outlets.

While the preliminary test results were positive, the samples must be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta before being confirmed as swine flu.

As The Hatchet reported, two female students tested positive for the “A” strain of the influenza virus and have been moved out of Thurston Hall. As of 5 p.m., the University had not heard if their results were preliminarily positive and their tests were shared with the D.C. Department of Health as a precaution, said University spokeswoman Tracy Schario.

There are no official GW programs in Mexico and the University does not know of any students who are currently in Mexico on any other type of program, said Robert Hallworth, director of the Office of Study Abroad.

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