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A case of swine flu was diagnosed today in at Florida Hospital and disclosed in an email authored by its chief medical officer, but the infection was immediately denied by Florida Hospital and Orange County health officials, who claimed in a press conference, "There have been no confirmed cases of swine flu by the CDC in Central Florida."
Technically, that may be true. The CDC takes time to independently confirm swine flu infections in its own labs, as it does not recognize anyone else's lab results. During this time, even though doctors treating the patient may have independently confirmed a swine flu infection on their own, hospitals and health authorities can deny the existence of any "confirmed" cases of swine flu.
This appears to be the case in Florida, as an email from Dr. Loran D. Hauck, the chief medical officer of Florida Hospital, seemed to leave no doubt. That email, dated April 28, 2009, said, "A case was diagnosed here in Orlando today on a tourist from Mexico who came to Disney attractions two days ago to visit."
Remarkably, a Florida Hospital spokesperson said in a press conference they "have not talked to the chief medical officer about this [email]."
Wouldn't that be a good idea? Talking to the chief medical officer before talking to the public would seem to make good sense, especially since the entire reason the press conference was called was to respond to concerns about that doctor's email
Accordingly, the tactic seems to be to deny any infection by citing CDC language, saying "There have been no confirmed cases of swine flu by the CDC in Central Florida."
...which is completely different from saying there is no swine flu in Central Florida. But as long as the CDC lab results aren't in, Florida health officials can stand by this line and delay any admission of swine flu infections.
But was there really a swine flu infection, or not?
The real question here is even simpler than you might think: Why would the chief medical officer of a hospital invent a fictitious email claiming a tourist had swine flu?
I can think of no reason whatsoever why he would do that. In fact, odds are that the chief medical officer was telling the truth and now hospital and county health authorities are backpedaling in an attempt to try to convince people there is no swine flu in Florida.
know we're probably "Swine Overwhelmed" at this point here on ATS but I couldn't help but bring this up.
The swine flu? They won;t admit it but somehow it will wind up in a cartoon!