Swine Flu Update: State Tweaking Testing

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 4, 2009

Dr. Bonnie Sorenson says California has learned a lot about the spread and severity of swine flu over the past few weeks.  She’s the Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of Public Health.  She says it’s time to fine-tune their testing process: 
We want to get that message out that we are shifting our strategy, kind of transitioning to less testing, across the state, but more focused attention on who needs to be tested.”

 Sorenson says that means focusing on more severe cases – or those in group settings like schools or homeless shelters.  She says the state is now cleared to test samples on its own without confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control.  She says that means cases could go from probable to confirmed in as little as eight hours.