Tuesday, May 5, 2009

First Case of AH1N1 Confirmed in Guatemala

Health authorities in Guatemala this morning confirmed the first positive case of influenza A (H1N1). The test was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control, in Atlanta, USA.

This patient is an 11 year old girl who returned from Cuernavaca, Mexico about 10 days ago. She is isolated and doing well.

Guatemala now joins Mexico, United States, El Salvador and Costa Rica with confirmed cases of influenza in the Americas. There are 17 countries worldwide with confirmed cases.

With the discovery of a positive case, Conred will now escalate the nationwide alert level from Yellow to Orange. Usage of protective masks and gloves will become more widespread as will increased surveillance.

Minister of Health, Celso Cerezo assures that Guatemala has sufficient supplies of medicines and anti-viral drugs which are being stockpiled around the country, should the epidemic become more serious.

There is no cause for alarm yet. For the time being, school, public activities, and work can continue as usual.

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