Suspected Swine Flu in New Zealand
Health officials have confirmed that ten of the New Zealand group has type A influenza.
NYC Mayor Bloomberg has just announced that the CDC has confirmed that swine flu is indeed the case in eight cases there as well.
There are now suspected cases in France (2) and Spain (3) as well. In both cases, they were people returning from Mexico and are now being tested and quarantined. (Thanks, Vinny)
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is investigating for swine flu, after 14 people out of a group of 25 from Rangitoto College returned from Mexico on Saturday with symptoms of the virus.
The affected families were advised of provisional results, but they have not been released. The group is quarantined at home until final results come back from WHO in a few days.
The group of 22 senior students and three teachers arrived into New Zealand from Mexico via Los Angeles on Saturday, having spent three weeks in Mexico.
The group of students and teachers have been placed in home isolation until preliminary test results are known.
Auckland Regional Public Health clinical director Dr Julia Peters said: “We are taking this very seriously and doing everything necessary to manage this situation in Auckland. The Ministry of Health is managing the response to this issue at a national level.”
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