Orlando Swine Flu Report Incorrect: Hospital

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A misunderstood, or perhaps, premature email implying a confirmed case of swine flu sent waves of panic through the state of Florida on Tuesday.

The e-mail, from Dr. Loran Hauck, Chief Medical Officer at Florida Hospital said:

"a case was diagnosed here in Orlando today on a tourist from Mexico who came to Disney attractions two days ago to visit."

Instantly, health officials sprung into action, but it turns out it was all for naught. At a hastily organized press conference, Florida Hospital's vice president Dr. Scott Brady (pictured) said there has been no confirmation of swine flu, although there have been cases of influenza that have been sent to the CDC for evaluation.

"In this case, if it was implied that it was swine flu, that was a misstatement. We have not had any confirmations from the CDC. We've had two or three cases of positive influenza. We should know about these in 48 hours."

Swine flu has killed 152 people in Mexico and sickened thousands. Mexico is suspected of being the center of the outbreak.

There are 64 confirmed cases of swine flu in the United States, mostly in New York. None have resulted in fatalities.

While there is no confirmation that any of the Orlando cases are swine flu, it should be noted that the cases could still be confirmed, once CDC labs in Jacksonville take a look.

It will take about 48 hours to determine if these cases of influenza are in fact the swine flu.

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