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Slovak Health Ministry: swine flu in Slovakia

Slovakia’s first case of novel flu virus – better known as swine flu – has been confirmed in a 37 year-old Bratislava man who recently returned from the USA, Health Minister Richard Raši announced at a special briefing.

Slovakia’s first case of novel flu virus – better known as swine flu – has been confirmed in a 37 year-old Bratislava man who recently returned from the USA, Health Minister Richard Raši announced at a special briefing.

The man left the USA last Thursday, May 21, and arrived at Vienna airport on Friday, May 22. Slovakia’ chief hygienist, Ivan Rovný, said that even two days after having arrived, the man showed no signs of flu. Later, he developed a cough and a sore throat, the SITA newswire wrote.

Doctors later confirmed that he was infected with virus A (H1N1). He was immediately brought to the clinic for contagious diseases, where he will be examined and observed for three to four days. “In the event that things develop well, he will then be released,” the head of the Clinic for Infection and Geographical Medicine of the University Hospital in Bratislava, Vladimír Rolný, said.

At least six other Slovaks travelled on board the same plane as the infected man; all have been recommended to monitor their condition and if they develop a high temperature to visit their doctors. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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