University-based research that helped authorities understand avian flu in 2006 could help mitigate the spread of swine flu in the United States, and higher-education officials are crediting the Centers for Disease Control for using social-networking tools to spread a message of caution.

Schools in three states were shut down earlier this week after authorities confirmed cases of influenza-related swine flu. The disease has killed more than 100 people in Mexico, health officials report. Similar to the 2006 outbreak of avian flu in countries worldwide, health authorities are looking to colleges and universities for expertise on how to treat the most recent...

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