250 Swiss soldiers under swine flu quarantine

5th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Army personnel and recruits are quarantined at an army camp in Fribourg after two soldiers report flu symptoms.

GENEVA - Some 250 recruits and personnel at an army camp in the western Swiss canton of Fribourg were placed under quarantine after two recruits were suspected to have caught swine flu.

A 21-year-old army recruit and his roommate reported flu symptoms on Sunday evening, according to a statement from the Swiss Defence Ministry which did not specify if the recruits returned from affected countries such as Mexico.

Both recruits were sent to hospital for treatment and tests. Preliminary results would be available on Wednesday.

"For safety reasons, the Fribourg cantonal doctors took the precautionary measure of placing under quarantine the Fribourg barracks area 'La Poya' where many people have had contact with the infected recruit," said the ministry in a statement.

"The quarantine affects about 250 recruits and employees" and will last until Wednesday, it added.

Switzerland reported one confirmed case of influenza A (H1N1) infection, but the young man who contracted the disease was cleared to leave hospital on Sunday.

AFP / Expatica

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