TN Expects 'Surge' In Confirmed H1N1 Cases

(AP) - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee health officials said they expect a surge in the number of confirmed swine flu cases because in-state testing will produce more rapid results.

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Susan Cooper said the state lab will be equipped to confirm the H1N1 virus with special kits Thursday.

Previously the state lab could determine only probable cases of the swine flu and sent specimens to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for confirmation.

The CDC has confirmed two cases of swine flu in Tennesseans.

There are 20 probable cases of the swine flu altogether, in Davidson, Knox, Shelby and Williamson counties.

The state lab tested 473 cultures by early Wednesday to determine if the patients have influenza and what type it is.