Gov. Bobby Jindalís office announced Friday that health officials are investigating another possible case of swine flu ó this time in Ascension Parish ó bringing the total number of possible cases to nine.
While Louisiana has no confirmed cases yet, eight samples were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday where the agency will determine whether they are swine flu. The Ascension Parish sample also has been sent to the CDC, according to a Governorís Office news release.
In preparation for a potential outbreak of the disease, the state began distributing its stockpile of anti-viral medicine to health-care providers around the state.