U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, this morning chimed in on the swine flu outbreak, cautioning those at a public forum this morning his office organized not to panic.
“We are facing a very serious public health concern, but there is no reason to panic,” Buchanan told about 75 people who attended the event in county commission chambers. “We have no confirmed case yet in Manatee County or in Florida. There will be more cases, more hospitalizations and deaths in the weeks to come but federal, state and local health officials have a coordinated response.”
Health officials currently are checking at least eight possible swine flu cases in the state, waiting for results from labs.