Flu Scare

Doctor questioning whether flu scare warranted

Health officials are trying to answer questions about the distribution of a 1957 killer-virus sample in test kits that were sent to thousands of laboratories.

A doctor with an organization that certifies how well labs identify viruses is questioning whether the H-two-N-two flu strain samples were strong enough to infect people. Doctor Jared Schwartz of the College of American Pathologists said today he is not aware of any evidence so far to suggest that there was a risk of infection.

The federal Centers for Disease Control said they received a sample of the virus today for investigation. Officials say they don't have any reports of any lab workers being infected.

A suburban Cincinnati company, Meridian Bioscience Incorporated, provided the flu samples in the test kits sent to labs nationwide. Meridian didn't return calls today for comment.