Commissioner: Flu testing load a 'challenge'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas' health commissioner says one of his
challenges in the swine flu outbreak is keeping up with testing of the large number of samples of suspected cases arriving from around the state.

Health Services Commissioner Dr. David Lakey told a medical convention Friday that state officials are trying to increase "surge capacity" for testing the samples. He says he's working to arrange for extra equipment and people to handle the testing.

Lakey didn't say how many tests have arrived at the state lab or what kind of backlog there is. But he said he wants to get the results back to communities more quickly.

A Texas Medical Association expert later said he believes there's a delay of three to five days in reporting results.


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