U.S. Colleges Suggest Simple Precautions and Devise Just-in-Case Strategies

College health officials across the country are preparing for potential outbreaks of swine flu on their campuses. In the process, they are also keeping students and faculty and staff members up to date with e-mail messages and health bulletins on campus Web sites.

Much of information is common-sense advice about preventing the spread of disease. The most frequent refrain: “Wash your hands.”

College campuses are fertile ground for viruses, and colleges are