Swine flu cases confirmed in Florida

Two cases of H1N1 (swine) flu have been confirmed in Florida, Gov. Charlie Crist said.

The cases, confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were a student in Lee County and another in Broward County. One student recently traveled to Mexico, where the flu is thought to have originated.

State Surgeon General Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros said six other possible cases are pending confirmation by the CDC. All appear to be mild strains of the virus, she said.

She urged Floridians to take precautionary measures such as washing their hands, coughing into their arms rather than their hands and staying home if they have flu-like symptoms.

For more information, go to the Florida Department of Health web site at Floridashealth.com or call 800-342-3557.