Monday, 8 June 2009 8:53 AM

Region Confirms its First Case of A(H1N1) Flu

Tahiti has confirmed one case of the A(H1N1) flu, otherwise known as Swine Flu, marking the first confirmed case in the region.

According to tahitipresse.pf, the island nation's health officials confirmed its first case of Influenza A/ H1N1 on Wednesday evening in Papeete.

This first influenza case is a young US female tourist who arrived Tuesday night at the Tahiti-Faa'a international airport, the daily newspaper La Dépêche de Tahiti reports.

A thermal camera at the airport helped determine that the woman had fever. She just arrived on a flight from Los Angeles, California.

The Malardé institute laboratory in Papeete confirmed Wednesday that this was in fact influenza A.


According to the report, doctors are monitoring the case along with all individuals who have been around the infected person.

Meanwhile, according to the latest update from the World Health Organization (WHO), as of the 5th of June (Friday), 69 countries have officially reported 21,940 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 125 deaths.

Of the 69, Australia now has a total of 876 cases, New Zealand has 11 cases, the USA has a total of 11,054 cases, Canada a total of 1,795, Japan 410 and Korea has 41 reported cases.

People are still being urged to take precautions and wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water regularly and report any flu symptoms.

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