New York City Department of Health announces unscheduled news conference regarding Swine Flu

April 26th, 2009 - 1:29 am ICT by admin  

New York, NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) – The New York City Health Department says it will be holding an unscheduled news conference later on Saturday, officials tell BNO News.

The department sent out a media alert to the news media just before 1 p.m. Eastern time, saying that Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden will give an update “on the status of influenza in New York City.” It was initially scheduled for 3 p.m. but officials later said the briefing was being postponed until 4 p.m. Eastern time.

A spokeswoman for the department, in a call with BNO News, refused to provide any more information on the briefing. “I can’t give any information other than what was stated on the media advisory,” she said. A press release was also scheduled to be released later on Saturday.

It is unclear if the news conference is related to the swine flu outbreak in Mexico and some parts of the United States, which has so far killed up to 70 and infected more than 1,000 people. CNN The World Health Organization had earlier said it fears the disease may develop into a global pandemic.

Meanwhile, New York City health officials are still investigating a school in Queens were some 75 students have fallen ill with flu-like symptoms. Tests are being taken to rule out swine flu but the results can take up to several days. CNN earlier reported the briefing was held to announce test results from the school.

BNO News will provide continuing coverage of the developments surrounding swine flu and, if possible, provide live updates from the New York City news conference.

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