Spain fears swine flu at second military establishment

26th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Soldiers who visited Hoyo de Manzanares recently have been quarantined as a precautionary measure.

Madrid – A second military establishment in Spain has been placed under quarantine due to fears of swine flu, after an outbreak of the disease last week at a military school near Madrid, the health ministry said Monday.

It said 20 students at the military engineering academy at Hoyo de Manzanares outside the capital have now been diagnosed with the A(H1N1) virus, while 74 others are under observation.

More than 400 others who showed no symptoms were also confined to barracks as a precautionary measure.

A further 91 soldiers who visited the academy last week have now also been quarantined at their military establishment at El Ferral, near the northern city of Leon, the ministry said.

The defence ministry on Saturday opened an investigation into the cause of the outbreak at Hoyo, and into why school children were allowed to visit last week when cases of swine flu were already suspected there.

Spain was the first European country to confirm a case of the virus and remains the worst-hit nation in Europe, with 135 confirmed cases.

More than 12,500 swine flu infections have been confirmed since the virus emerged in the Americas in April, and 91 people have died, according to the latest World Health Organisation data.

AFP / Expatica

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