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Flu Update

May 7th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

State health officials say the fear of swine flu is lessening. Call volume to the state hotline is down from a high of eleven hundred calls a day to just over three hundred. Florida still has only five confirmed cases, but 22 probable cases. Surgeon General Ana Viamonte Ros believes the lack of severity of the flu strain is one of the reasons for a calmer public.

I think theyre calming down for medical reasons, Viamonte Ros said. The disease continues to be of low severity, from what weve seen. I think that were pushing out so much information already to the public and to our providers, that the need to call in, the need to ask more questions is subsiding because of just the amount of information already out there. So yes, I would say it is.

Officials continue to advise anyone who is ill to stay home.

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