Switzerland confirms first case of swine flu

1st May 2009, Comments 0 comments

A man returning from Mexico tests positive for the H1N1 virus at the cantonal hospital in Baden.

GENEVA - The first case of swine flu in Switzerland was confirmed early Thursday by the cantonal hospital at Baden in Aargau canton, northern Switzerland.

The patient, who returned from a trip to Mexico, was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday after a first test by Geneva's national influenza centre turned out negative. But he was hospitalised again after a second, positive, test, the hospital said in a statement.

All persons who had been in contact with the man were informed and told to stay home until further instructions.

The Baden hospital explained that the incident was due to a "misunderstanding in the interpretation of the commentary that accompanied the first lab result."

Swiss authorities on Thursday morning said 29 people were tested for the deadly swine flu virus after showing symptoms following a trip to a country affected by the disease.

The cases were from eight different cantons, including Bern, Geneva and Zurich, according to an update by the Federal Public Health Office.

Up to 159 people were possibly killed by the deadly swine flu in Mexico, although only seven deaths were confirmed by laboratory testing for the virus.

AFP / Expatica

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