Sunday, May 3, 2009

First Flu Cases Confirmed in El Salvador

The health ministry of El Salvador confirmed the first two cases of AH1N1 (swine flu).

"We have confirmed that two people are suffering from influenza A, virus H1N1 and we are redoubling health measures," said Minister Guillermo Maza.

Maza said that besides the two confirmed cases there are three other suspected cases of the disease. Laboratory samples have been sent to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, United States, in order to confirm the disease.

The two confirmed infections affect two 22 year old youths. One of them returned after spending a couple of weeks in Mexico, traveling to different places in the central department of La Libertad.

According to Maza, both young men are responding well to the medication that was administered and are being kept in isolation at home. The family does not currently have symptoms of infection.

The State Social Security Institute has also ordered a redoubling of efforts to care for people suffering from flu symptoms so they can identify other possible cases of swine flu.

El Salvador now joins Costa Rica with confirmed cases of influenza A, while in Guatemala there are still no confirmed cases but 18 patients remained under observation.

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