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Possible Case of Swine Flu in Panama

Healthcare By Manuel Vega Loo for La Prensa - At dawn of today, Tuesday, 28 April 2009, a Panamanian who could be infected with Swine Flu entered the Santo Tomas hospital in Panama City. This as confirmed to La Prensa by the Director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health, Gladys Guerrero, who explained that the patient is presenting all of the symptoms, and what's more, the patient had traveled to Mexico and had been there for more than a month. According to available information, the patient did not become ill immediately upon returning from Mexico, but days later. “Later the symptoms began to present themselves; he has a fever, cough, sore throat, and these are the normal symptoms for a standard seasonal flu, but he has the history of having been in Mexico," she said. Guerrero said considering the symptoms and situation, she considers this case to be suspicious. (more) (See Comments)

Editor's Comment: This guy spent a month in Mexico and was apparently fine. He flies home to Panama and then gets sick a few days later. Reportedly the incubation period for this strain of the Swine Flu is about 48 hours. Any chance this guy might have gotten sick on the airplane? Are Panamanian officials tracking down other passengers who were on that plane to see if any of them are sick? Probably not, because at this point there are cases popping up all over the world in Asia, the Middle East, as well as Europe and Africa. At this point it appears to be too late to contain this virus, and we are looking at what will eventually be declared an authentic pandemic. It was only a matter of time before cases started turning up in Panama. Take all of the pertinent precautions - wash your hands frequently, avoid large crowds, seek medical attention immediately if you begin to spike a fever or show other classic flu-like symptoms. I think that in the end the rate of survival will correlate directly to the quality of health care provided, together with early detection and treatment.

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At the moment the patient is in isolation in the Santo Tomás hospital in Panama City. “While so far we do not have any confirmed cases, we need to ensure no patient with suspicious symptoms escapes our attention," she added. Guerrero said the Gorgas laboratory will to see if the patient is infected with Influenza A, and then another test to see if the patient is infected with H1N1. “At that point we could have some additional information that could help us to be better oriented," she said. Guerrera hopes the laboratory results will be available tomorrow.

Analizan caso sospechoso de gripe porcina en el Santo Tomás

Manuel Vega Loo De LA PRENSA/Gabriel Rodríguez

A el personal del Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen se les dio tapabocas.

6:55 a.m. - En la madrugada de hoy, martes, ingreso al hospital Santo Tomás un panameño que podría estar afectado con la gripe porcina.

Así lo confirmó a la directora de Epidemiología del Ministerio de Salud, Gladys Guerrero, quien explicó que el paciente presenta los síntomas y además estuvo en México durante un mes.

Según los informes, el paciente no se enfermó inmediatamente al volver de México, sino unos días después.

“Posteriormente empieza su sintomatología, tiene fiebre, tos, dolor de garganta, que son síntomas asociados a una gripe, incluso estacional, pero tiene como antecedente que estuvo en México”.

Guerrero dijo que ante el cuadro descrito por eso se le considera sospechoso. En estos momentos se encuentra aislado en el hospital Santo Tomás.

“Mientras no hayamos confirmado casos necesitamos que no se nos escape ningún paciente con síntomas sospechosos”, añadió.

Guerrero detalló que el laboratorio del Gorgas le hará una primera prueba que dirá si se trata del virus de la influenza A, luego se le hará otro análisis para detectar el virus H1N1.

“Hasta allí tendremos alguna información que nos podrá ir orientando”, dijo.

Guerrera espera que mañana se conozcan los resultados de los estudios del laboratorio.

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