Dutch hunt swine flu patient’s co-passengers
Dutch health authorities are tracking passengers who were on the same Martinair flight as the first swine flu victim in the Netherlands.THE NETHERLANDS – Passengers on the same flight from Mexico as the three-year-old child who is the first to contract swine flu in the Netherlands are being tracked by Dutch health authorities.
The boy, who fell ill shortly after returning with his parents from a family trip to Mexico, arrived in the Netherlands on 27 April on a Martinair flight.
As a precaution the authorities want to trace passengers sitting near the toddler and treat them with the viral blocker Tamiflu.
Tamiflu is one of the medicines recognised by the World Health Organisation as effective in treating the new strain of the A/H1N1 swine flu virus that has spread across the world from a recent outbreak in Mexico.
Both the child and his parents are being treated with Tamiflu and are doing well.
Dutch media reports Friday the boy is feeling fit to play with his toys.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica