TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Charlie Crist this afternoon confirmed Florida's first two cases of swine flu, both in children.
One is an 11-year-old boy from Lee County, who attends Spring Creek Elementary School. The other is a 17-year-old girl in Broward County, who attends Hallandale High School.
The two were among eight possible cases of swine flu that were referred to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for testing.
Dr. Ana M. Viamonte Ros said Friday the cases included three reported Thursday and five others. The suspected cases were in Pinellas, Alachua, Orange, Lee, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
State officials send samples to the CDC for testing when their own tests cannot match them to a known virus. The referrals simply mean it's possible the cases could be swine flu, not that swine flu is suspected.
The Pinellas case involves an adult male who recently traveled to Mexico. The man didn't require hospitalization, and he is resting at home, said Jeannine Mallory, spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Health Department, in a news release.
State health officials have set up a hot line where citizens can call for more information and learn about acquiring masks and antiviral medication. The toll free number is 1-800-775-8039.