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Tuvalu Records First Case Of Swine Flu

June 15, 2009

By: Brian Cannon

Tuvalu has now recorded its first cases of the H1N1 virus, also known as the swine flu.

Pacnews reports that a nationwide announcement was made on Radio Tuvalu on August 13 to alert the nation of the first recorded cases, which are believed to have been from people who have travelled overseas recently, to an unspecified country.

Assistant Health Secretary, Dr Stephen Homasi says the cases were confirmed after specimens were sent to a laboratory in Fiji for anylization.

Six cases were confirmed, with five of them being children, all on the capital island of Funafuti. All have been advised to stay at home until they have fully recovered. Tuvalu's health department does has a stockpile of drugs for treatment of people affected by swine flu.

Some passenger ship voyages to the outer islands from Funafuti were postponed until the actual spread of the flu could be determined and controlled.

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