Schools, Hospitals Reeling Because Of Flu-Like Symptoms

 A second straight week of a flu outbreak has forced the closure of some schools and hospitals around North Carolina.

Students at three schools in the Hyde County town of Swan Quarter won't be attending class today. Administrators shut down the schools after attendence dropped 20 percent early in the week.

A school system spokeswoman says some students had symptoms of influenza Type B.

The Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center has stopped admitting in-patients and is asking visitors to stay away. Three hospitals in Greensboro and Tarboro are taking similar measures to contain the viruses.

Officials say several of the outbreaks have been caused by noroviruses, but viral gastroenteritis, also known as the "stomach flu," can be caused by other viruses.