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As the world faces a potential pandemic, swamped labs are not testing all possible cases.
Until now, many busy labs have been so overrun that they could do preliminary tests only on samples that meet a strict case definition or that involve people who traveled to Mexico.
The public may be surprised to know it's not so important to have an exact tally, or to tell a person whether he or she has the germ, said Sharon Shea.
There was fear and panic at a school yesterday as it emerged a girl of 12 had been diagnosed with swine flu.
Pupils wept as they were told their classmate had the potentially fatal virus and angry parents claimed they had been kept in the dark about the danger.
Originally posted by Hx3_1963
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@ antar: [KMOV] MISSOURI - Missouri sending two dozen samples to be tested for swine flu
" Missouri is sending about two dozen samples to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be tested for the swine flu. "
[edit on 4/30/2009 by Hx3_1963]