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Flu tests from 2 Manatee residents sent to state labs

MANATEE — Cultures from two Manatee County residents have been sent to a state laboratory for further testing for swine flu, local health officials said Thursday.

“There is a low probability these are positive for the H1N1 virus,” said Ron Cox, director of disease control for the Manatee County Health Department. “The physician took the swabs, although these two people didn’t quite meet the criteria.

Those swabs were sent on to the state lab for further testing. We would call them suspect cases, but they are not confirmed.”

As of Thursday night, there were no confirmed cases of swine flu in Florida, but three cultures from state labs have been sent on to the Centers for Disease Control for further analysis, a Florida Department of Health spokeswoman said.

Those samples are from Orange, Broward and Lee counties.

“We are awaiting results from the CDC and will provide that information when we receive it,” said Susan Smith, press secretary.

Rumors of a confirmed case of swine flu in Florida are not correct, a DOH press release said.

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