Spain tests three for swine flu

26th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Three Spanish nationals have been placed in isolation after showing flu symptoms following a recent visit to Mexico, where swine flu is believed to have killed at least 80, officials said Sunday.

MADRID - Three Spanish nationals have been placed in isolation after showing flu symptoms following a recent visit to Mexico, where swine flu is believed to have killed at least 80, officials said Sunday.

"These people have been isolated while we wait for results of tests which have been carried out on them," to determine whether they have contracted the disease, said Spanish Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez.

"This is simply a case of people presenting with symptoms of flu and who have returned from Mexico in the last two, three or four days," she said, emphasising these were "precautionary measures".

The three have been hospitalised in the northern city of Bilbao, Almansa in the southeast and the eastern city of Valencia.

The government has asked the airport authority for help in tracking the other passengers on their flights.

The World Health Organisation branded the Mexico outbreak "a public health emergency of international concern," following a meeting of its emergency committee.

It recommended that all nations intensify surveillance "for unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness and severe pneumonia".

AFP / Expatica

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