Netherlands confirms second case of swine flu

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A woman who recently returned from Mexico have contracted the disease, confirms the Dutch health institute.

THE NETHERLANDS – The Dutch Health Institute RIVM has reported a second confirmed case of swine flu in the Netherlands.

The patient is a woman aged 53 who returned from Cancun, Mexico on 30 April. She is taking anti-viral medication and appears to be doing well, said a statement issued by the institute.

The first case involved a three-year-old child, who is doing well after being treated with anti-flu medication. The child contracted the disease while holidaying in Mexico with his parents.

The WHO has verified 1,893 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infections in 23 countries. Mexican officials report 42 deaths, with two more registered in the United States.

Canadian scientists have managed to unravel the full genetic code of the current flu virus. Microbiologists compared two blood samples from Canadian patients with that of a Mexican one. They confirmed infections in Mexico and Canada were caused by completely identical viruses.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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