(KCPW News) Utah has one probable case of swine flu, according to the Utah Department of Health. The case was unable to be identified by the Utah Public Health Laboratory as a seasonal flu virus, and has been sent to the Centers for Disease Control for further testing. Department of Health spokesman Tom Hudachko says the results are expected on Friday, and adds that Utah will soon be able to test samples locally with kits that are arriving from the CDC.
"The CDC is giving the states the ability, by the end of the week hopefully, to be able to do the more detailed testing in our own state lab, which will allow us to identify whether or not we've got samples that are swine flu, in a much shorter period of time, hopefully day of or next day," he said.
The health department isn't releasing any additional information about the probable case, since it's not yet confirmed. Hudachko says the first truckload of antiviral medication ordered by the state has arrived, providing part of the 87,000 doses available to Utah, in addition to the 55,000 doses the state already has.
Swine flu fears have caused the Utah Pork Producers Association to speak out, asking people to call it by its medical name, H1N1, instead of swine flu. Executive Director Haven Hendricks says no pigs in the United States have been found to carry the strain.
"We've spent a lot of money building up the image of pork and when they call it the swine flu, people think that they might catch it from eating pork, which is not true, and so it can affect the demand," he said.
Hendricks says some Russian and Chinese buyers have already cancelled orders of American pork.