Michael Hairsine, 20, a political science major at Loyola University Chicago in Rogers Park was a suspected swine flu victim. On Saturday April 25 Hairsine said he thought he had allergies. On Sunday, he woke up with body aches. By Sunday night, his fever was so high that his dorm roommates were icing him down. On Monday, he visited the campus clinic and was packed off to an emergency room, then to quarantine, and then back to his parents' home near St. Louis.
"I could hardly move," Hairsine said by phone. "It was a chore to get out of bed. I felt absolutely terrible. I feel like it still is the flu, but it's not so terrible that people should be freaking out the way they are."