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First Slovak novel flu-infected patient released from hospital

The man who was the first confirmed case with the so-called H1N1 novel flu virus in Slovakia has been released from hospital.

The man who was the first confirmed case with the so-called H1N1 novel flu virus in Slovakia has been released from hospital.

"He is already at home," said Eva Slováková of the Slovak Health Ministry to the SITA newswire. Doctors decided to release the man, 37, who apparently was infected in the US, after consulting with an epidemiologist. His eight and a half months old son, infected by him, remains hospitalized at the Bratislava Infectious Disease Clinic.

"The condition of the small patient is good. He no longer has fever," said Slováková, adding he will probably remain in the hospital until the end of the week, reported SITA.

The novel flu virus has not been confirmed in five other people whose blood was examined based on suspicion of infection. The Public Health Office told SITA that results of the five samples proved to be negative on Monday, June 1. Another seven persons whose blood also underwent examination proved to be negative last Friday. The samples were evaluated by the National Reference Centre for the Flu in Bratislava. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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