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Spain reports first victim who has not recently been to Mexico

Latest update : 2009-04-29

The first case of swine flu in a person who has not recently travelled to Mexico has been reported in Spain. The victim is thought to have been "indirectly infected" through human contact.

AFP - Spain Wednesday reported its first case of swine flu in a person who has not recently visited Mexico, where the disease originated.
   
The patient, who was being treated in the northeastern region of Catalonia, was one of 10 people in Spain now confirmed to have contracted the deadly disease, Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez said.
   
Another 53 people are under observation, she said.
   
"Until now, every person who has been affected had recently visited Mexico, except one of them in Catalonia which is the first confirmed case of this type in Spain," she said.
   
The minister told a news conference the person has been "indirectly infected," apparently meaning through human contact in Spain.
   
She said all 10 patients were responding to treatment and four had already been discharged from hospital.
   
Spain's health ministry confirmed the country's first case of swine flu on Monday in a 23-year-old man who returned last week from Mexico where he had been as part of his university studies.
   
It was the first confirmed swine flu case in Europe and the first outside of the Americas.
   
Spain on Tuesday confirmed that a second man, aged 24, also recently returned from Mexico had contracted the disease.
   
The health ministry earlier Wednesday said this number had doubled to four. Jimenez said a further six people have been confirmed with the disease, all of them in Catalonia.
   
Mexico on Wednesday nearly doubled its number of confirmed swine flu cases to 49, including seven deaths from the virus, as a travel quarantine against the country widened.
   
The United States has reported 91 cases in 10 states.
 

Date created : 2009-04-29

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