Reported case of swine flu in Orlando awaits confirmation

Reports of Florida's first case of swine flu may have been premature.

In a 12:15 press conference, Dr. Scott C. Brady, vice president of Florida Hospital in Orlando, said reports of the case were based on an e-mail between a doctor and a reporter, but that testing needed to confirm the case by the state has not yet been completed.

Earlier today, WFTV-9 in Orlando reported that Loran Hauck, Adventist Health System's chief medical officer, wrote that a patient at the hospital had been diagnosed with swine flu. WFTV-9's report said Hauck's e-mail originally stated that the patient was a tourist from Mexico who visited Disney attractions over the weekend.

State Health Department spokeswoman Susan Smith later said the state has not yet confirmed the case as swine flu.

''Confirmation of positive tests of swine flu will come from Department of Health labs and the Centers for Disease Control,'' she said in a statement.

Brady said the hospital would have to wait 24 to 48 hours for confirmation from state officials. Brady said the infected patient was diagnosed with Influenza A, a category of the flu, which includes swine flu. But, this could be one of several other types of flu.

Orange County Health Department officials told the Orlando Sentinel that they are aware of at least one case being tested.

''We have released one suspect case that was sent to a state lab for testing and we're waiting to see what that is,'' Orange County Health Department spokesman Dain Weister told the newspaper. ``There may be more than one [case]. Any influenza-like cases are being sent and being looked at.''

Weister said they have not received any confirmation from CDC about swine flu in Central Florida.

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