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None of first 8 Alabama samples positive for swine flu

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - None of the first eight samples tested
by the Alabama Department of Public Health are positive for swine
flu.

State Health Officer Don Williamson said Wednesday the samples
turned out to be negative for even the regular seasonal Type A flu
virus.

Williamson said 29 more samples have been received and those
test results are expected sometime Thursday.

Doctors are sending in specimens from patients who test positive
for Type A flu. State workers then test to see if the samples are
really Type A and if so, if they have components of the swine flu.

Samples that are suspected to be swine flu are now sent to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for final confirmation.
Williamson said states will be able to make final validations soon.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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