Stories like this just irritate me. Here's where it's REALLY important to read throughly.
Note that they are NOT saying 2,000 students at Washington State University actually have swine flu. They are saying that 2,000 students have SYMPTOMS that COULD be swine flu.
Those symptoms could also be a cold, allergies, &/or seasonal flu.
Why haven't they heard from this many students in the past? Perhaps it's because they haven't been fear-mongering in past years leading students to report every sneeze and sniffle as possible swine-flu. Perhaps students used common sense in the past & said, "Every fall when the seasons start changing I have allergies. Perhaps I am having allergy issues again." Perhaps.
Wonder when the WHO, politicians, and the CDC will start utilizing common sense...
I know. There I go day-dreaming again.