No new flu cases confirmed, eight pending in county

There were no new confirmed cases of swine flu in San Diego County Thursday, but health officials said tests are pending for 13 people who probably have the disease.

Eight people have so far tested positive for the disease in San Diego, none of whom required hospitalization, according to Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County’s public health officer.

Wooten said the state will start processing tests of suspected swine flu cases Friday, so county health officials will no longer have to send samples to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

“We expect to get a much faster turnaround time with state testing,” Wooten said.

One of the probable cases of swine flu is a female San Diego State University student who lives off-campus.

According to Dr. Gregg Lichtenstein, the medical director for SDSU’s Student Health Services, the student’s sample has been sent to the CDC for final diagnosis. It’s expected to take several days for those results.