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Swine Flu Unavoidable in Florida

April 28th, 2009 by flanews

Florida could have its first case of swine flu, but reports of the Orlando case are still unconfirmed. A tourist, who traveled from Mexico reportedly to visit Disney World, is being tested for the virus. As Whitney Ray tells us, it could be Thursday before results are known.

In a rushed news conference from the states Emergency Operations Center, Floridas Surgeon General was quick to calm fears of a reported case of Swine Flu.

We have at this time no confirmed cases in the state, neither in Orlando or anywhere else, said Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros.

A tourist who traveled from Mexico reportedly to visit Disney World is being tested for the virus.

As far as I understand the Orlando tourist was tested and those results arent in yet, said Viamonte Ros.

It could be Thursday before the Center for Disease Control finishes its tests.

Customs and Border Protection officers are watching Floridas air and sea ports, looking for passengers with symptoms of swine flu. Right now customs officers are sticking to visual checks.

In a few weeks Lauren Raines plans to fly to Mexico, where 150 people have died from swine flu.

Im going to Mexico because my sister is getting married. So that makes me a little nervous, but we should be fine, said Lauren.

The CDC is asking people to postpone any non-essential trips to Mexico, but what is considered essential is being left up to travelers for now.

Health experts say people should wash their hands often, cover their mouths when they cough and go see a doctor if they start feeling sick. Symptoms of swine flu are similar to the symptoms of regular flu. Coughing, fever, and loss of appetite are all sign you may be infected.

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