First Case of Swine Flu Confirmed in Germany

by VR Sreeraman on  April 30, 2009 at 11:18 AM Tropical Disease News   - G J E 4
Germany has confirmed its first case of swine flu in a patient living near Regensburg in southern Bavaria, the region's health ministry announced.
 First Case of Swine Flu Confirmed in Germany
First Case of Swine Flu Confirmed in Germany

Authorities had said Tuesday that three people from southern Germany were being tested including a couple just back Mexico, the epicentre of the outbreak, but one of these three has been given the all-clear.

It was not immediately clear if the confirmed case was one of the other two. The Bavarian health ministry said more information would be given at a news conference at 11:00 am (0900 GMT).

There is also a third suspected case in the northern city of Hamburg, with a woman isolated after returning from Mexico with flu-like symptoms and treated with medication, the Hamburg-Eppendorf univesity clinic said.

Results from tests on the woman were due later Wednesday.

Mexico is so far the only nation with confirmed swine flu deaths -- seven in total. Another 159 suspected deaths and 1,311 people remain in hospital there after exhibiting symptoms of the flu.

The United States also has 65 confirmed infections, Canada 13, Britain two, Costa Rica one, Israel two, New Zealand three and Spain two. These and other countries including Australia and France also have suspected cases.

Source: AFP

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