Florida hospitals prepared for flu outbreak

Health experts believe the H1N1 flu will be quickly spread in heavily used transportation hubs like airports and train stations. Interstate travel is another way to pass the virus.

A nasal swab test indicates whether a person has contracted the H1N1 flu.

At Northwest Florida Community Hospital in Chipley, the administration is in close contact with state and federal officials concerning the outbreak.

If a patient tests positive, all efforts will be made to isolate him or her.

Doctor’s Memorial in Bonifay is also along I-10, a route which stretches from Jacksonville to Los Angeles.

Health officials say all efforts will be made to contain the disease if someone tests positive.

“One of the best ways to prevent the onset of the disease is to simply wash your hands, and do it repeatedly after you touch something. If someone sneezes, coughs, displays the sign of the disease, best to see your doctor," says Renny Powell with Doctor's Memorial Hospital.

Local health officials say they’re preparing for the worst and hoping for the best in regard to the H1N1 flu.


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