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Comment by Mary Kate Leming on May 14, 2009 at 9:16am

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL — The Florida Department of Health Laboratory confirmed two cases of H1N1 Influenza in Palm Beach County today. The probable case in the 75 year old male was confirmed and the second is in an 18 year old male who was symptomatic and treated earlier this month.
In an effort to expedite the confirmation process all four Department of Health laboratories have received testing supplies from the Centers for Disease Control and now can test samples to confirm H1N1 Swine Flu. This expansion streamlines the process and probable cases will no longer be listed awaiting CDC confirmation.

Florida has 60 confirmed cases in the following counties: one in Osceola, Alachua, Indian River, Marion, Clay, Collier, Lake, Manatee, Flagler, Seminole, Okeechobee, and Duval, two in Orange, Brevard and Sarasota, 3 in Pinellas, 7 in Lee, 8 in Hillsborough, 2 in Palm Beach, and 11 in Dade and Broward each.

New confirmed cases are:

Broward: a 14 year-old female

Dade: a 10 year-old female

Palm Beach: a 75 year-old male and 18 year-old male.

We have 2 probables in the following county: Okaloosa

CDC no longer recommends that communities with a laboratory confirmed case of influenza A H1N1 consider adopting school dismissal or childcare closure measures.

A public health emergency has been declared by the State Surgeon General.

Flu information can be obtained in Spanish and English at 1-800-775-8039.

Health Department Director, Dr. Jean Malecki said, "The two confirmed cases have responded to treatment and are well." The Health Department acted immediately on the suspicion that these persons may have H1N1. The early detection and treatment has proven effective in these cases.

Dr. Jean Malecki recommends the following:

People with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid
spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.

§ Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.

§ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

§ Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.

People experiencing cough, fever and fatigue, possibly along with diarrhea and vomiting, should contact their physician.

If you think you have influenza, please call your health care provider or the health department at 840-4500 and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, emergency department or stay home. Three websites are also updated regularly ,, locally information can be obtained by calling 211.

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