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CDC Confirms Five Florida Swine Flu Cases

May 4th, 2009 by flanews

Florida now has five confirmed cases of swine flu, with 17 still pending. The latest two cases are out of Lee and Pinellas counties. As Whitney Ray tells us, questions are pouring into the state call centers, set up to answer peoples questions about swine flu.

Phones are ringing off the hook at the states newly formed swine flu call center. More than 600 people a day are calling the hotline. Division of Emergency Management Spokesman Mike Stone said their operators are calming peoples fears.

If people have a concern they can talk to an individual and a medical technician or provider to get very specific information, said Stone.

The Information includes swine flu symptoms, what to do if youre sick and even school closings. As a precautionary measure, schools in five counties have closed their doors. The state is working closely with schools officials in areas with possible cases.

Obviously there is a big gamut. You can either screen children to make sure they are healthy or isolate them and ask them to go home if necessary to actual school closure, said state Surgeon General Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros.

Governor Charlie Crist says Florida has been lucky so far.

The good news is as far as we are aware none of those cases are that serious. The symptoms are pretty mild and thats good for Florida, said Crist.

But if things get bad the state has 700,000 doses of anti-viral medication ready to be distributed. The swine flu call center is open from 8 to 8 (ET). After hours, there is an automated message with daily updated information in English and Spanish. The hotline number is 1-800-342-3557.

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