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State Awaits Swine Flu Test Results

April 30th, 2009 by flanews

The state is awaiting test results from three people suspected of having swine flu. The tests are being conducted at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. As Whitney Ray tells us, Governor Charlie Crist is considering an executive order to bring more Tamiflu into the state as the number of suspected cases continues to rise.

State labs are testing 70 samples from people who could have swine flu. Three of the more severe cases have been passed on to the CDC. The cases are out of Broward, Lee, and Orange Counties

The three cases we are even concerned about, every one is at home, has been treated, said Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros, the states surgeon general.

Viamonte Ros is asking people to stay calm as the state awaits the test results.

There is nothing to panic about. The symptoms have been extremely mild, Viamonte Ros said.

Much of the focus has been on Central Florida. South Carolina students who came down with flu like symptoms after a trip to Orange County are now in the clear. There is still no word on the health of an Orlando tourist.

The state is staying tight lipped over the possibility of any cases coming out of Disney World.

Health Experts are asking people to wash their hands regularly and to stay home if theyre sick. Governor Charlie Crist is preparing for things to get worse.

Weve talked about the possibility of signing an executive order that would free up more Tamiflu if that would become necessary, said Crist.

The state also has a stock pile of protective gear, including face masks and gloves should an outbreak hit Florida. Federal Customs and Border Agents continue to watch Floridas air and sea ports, but for now our borders remain open to all travelers, including those from Mexico.

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