Nijmegen walker down with swine flu

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Dutch health authorities maintain there is no risk of other participants contracting the virus although a British woman has been tested positive.

Nijmegen – A participant in the Nijmegen International Four Day March has been diagnosed with swine flu Thursday.

The woman is from the United Kingdom and is a member of its military forces. She was admitted to hospital on Wednesday evening after she displayed flu symptoms and was tested positive for the A(H1N1) virus.

The 21-year-old soldier has since been treated with Tamiflu.

Earlier on Monday, a male British soldier was also suspected of being infected with the A(H1N1) virus which turned out to be false alarm.

Both the municipal health service and the Netherlands national institute for public health and the environment say there is no need to take additional precautions as the risk of the virus spreading during the event is minimal.

Despite fears of swine flu, the past three days of the event passed off normally.

Meanwhile, 3,751 participants of the world’s largest walking event, has dropped out of the race as of Thursday night. Over 37,400 walkers remain in the event which began at 4am this morning.

A big party awaits participants who have successfully managed to complete the 30-, 40- or 50-kilometre walk at Sint Anna Street, which has been renamed the Via Gladiola for the march.

More than 41,000 people from 64 countries signed up for this year’s event.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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