MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) held a news conference this morning to provide an update after two probable cases of swine flu were reported in Madison County.
State Health Officer, Dr. Don Williamson, says that the state is "trying to understand more about the situation in Alabama... this is the front end of the evolving situation."
State officials are working with hospitals in Madison Co. as they try to identify the magnitude of the problem.
According to Williamson, 18 samples were tested yesterday and two of those samples were believed to be 95% positive for swine flu.
Eleven samples will be processed today as an overwhelming amount of samples are still being sent to ADPH for additional testing.
The state is getting more testing equipment and it is expected that they will be able to start testing for the H1/N1 virus in Alabama early next week.
Collection guidelines for medical people will be posted on the ADPH's web site. Fever is the key symptom for this influenza like illness.
This is a mild disease that is treatable. It is a cause for concern, not panic
If you have some symptoms, you are urged to stay home from school and work. And as always, remember to wash hands and cover your mouth when you cough.