Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Red Alert Declared in San Marcos due to A(H1N1) Virus

The head of the health department of San Marcos, Miguel Ángel Santizo, today declared a red alert due to the detection of a positive case of influenza A (H1N1) in a 75 year old woman, a native of San Jose Ojetenam.

The patient confirmed is being cared for in a hospital in Quetzaltenango and is being kept in isolation.

As a result of the red alert, breaks, holiday leave, and vacations are canceled for the 500 health care workers in San Marcos. The move was ordered by Health Minister Celso Cerezo.

The Health Ministry also sent 300 doses of the antiviral Tamiflu to the department.

Meanwhile, the head of the regional health department reported that at the National Hospital of Malacatán, there are 10 suspected but unconfirmed cases.

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