Swine Flu In Orlando Disney Land Not Confirmed
Conflicting reports are coming from Florida in relation to a possible Orlando swine flu, which apparently had a connection to a tourist from Mexico who visited Disney World. However, the latest seems to be the information that Florida Hospital denies to confirm swine flu in Orlando.
All of the major Frlorida newspapers are writing that the swine flu is not confirmed in Orlando. Below we will explain what we heard from the Orange County Health Department, which explained to us how the confirmation works. Swine flu confirmation may actually take from 24 to 48 hours to be fully confirmed. Therefore no Florida medical institution could really confirm if there is or is not a swine flu case in Orlando.
Orlando Sentinel explains that the false Orlando swine flu that caused panic in reality was a misinterpreted email. "An e-mail sent by one of Florida Hospital's top doctors sent health officials into a flurry today because he incorrectly confirmed the first case of the deadly swine flu in Orlando." WFTV.com reports that "Eyewitness News has learned of Orlando's first confirmed case of swine flu, however Florida Hospital is denying the claim, which was made by one of their own officers in an email. According to the chief medical officer for Adventist Health System, which operates Florida Hospital, the case was diagnosed Tuesday morning."
eMaxHealth spoke on the phone with Mirna Chamorro, one of the public information officers in Orange County Health Department, who explained us the following about how the swine flu is confirmed. First she said that there is no confirmed cases of swine flu in Orlando. The county health officials are working with different theme parks, staying communicated with them and educating them. The theme parks in Orlando area also have their own Pandemic influenza plans and are prepared.
Orange county health officials keep staying in touch with medical institutions and doctors and are updating their surveillance, visiting doctors and hospitals if any reports are coming.
When a possible flu-like symptom report is coming from any hospital or doctors' office the county health officials take a sample and send it to the state laboratory in Jacksonville. It takes 24 to 48 hours to get results from Jacksonville. If the result meets the criteria that it could be swine flu the sample result from Jacksonville is sent to CDC lab in Atlanta.
CDC is the only lab in USA that has the capacity to test for swine flu. Once CDC has the positive result of swine flu it sends back the result to the state laboratory and then the state would inform the Orange County Health Department.
Ms. Chamorro told eMaxHealth that once the Orange County Health Department receives the positive result about swine flu then it will make the announcement. She said the health department will make the announcement not to create panic but to make people aware of and take the necessary precautions so they don't spread swine flu to other people.
Therefore, whether there is swine flu case in Orland or not the public will realistically learn in few days.