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Now Two, And Soon To Be Three Cases of Swine Flu in Panama

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Health authorities in Panama officially confirmed the second case of a person infected with the Swine Flu (AH1N1) virus in Panama yesterday, and unofficial sources indicate those same authorities are about to announce the identification of a third case sometime this afternoon. In Panama swabs and medical tests taken from those patients suspected of being infected with the Swine Flu virus are sent to the Gorgas Commemorative Institute of Health Studies in Panama City, where they can confirm or deny the presence of Swine Flu in less than 24 hours. In an official press release, Panama's Ministry of Health reports the second patient is a student who is in stable condition, but the age or sex of the patient was not reported. In fact, both patients are in stable condition and are receiving treatment. And, both patients are in quarantine in their homes with constant monitoring and treatment being provided by health officials. (more)

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Second Case of Swine Flu Confirmed in Panama

Healthcare By Denise Lara for Telemetro Reporta - Late yesterday afternoon Panama's Health Minister Rosario Turner revealed in a press conference test results received from the laboratories of the Gorgas Commemorative Institute have confirmed the second case of Swine Flu in Panama. The patient is a Panamanian child who is in stable condition. With regards to both patients and their relatives, they are in quarantine in their homes and are receiving medical attention there. Minister Turner did not reveal any additional details regarding the second case, because she herself does not yet know if the second patient contacted the disease in any other country or region, or if the second patient had contact with the first in any way. Turner insisted that at this time there is no need to speak of an alarm in the country, but rather a heath contingency.
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H1N1 Flu Tally 3,440 In 29 Countries

Healthcare javno.com - H1N1 flu has infected 3,440 people in 29 countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Saturday. In its latest tally, which tends to lag national reports but is considered more secure, the U.N. agency said 45 people in Mexico have died from the new flu strain that is a genetic mixture of swine, bird and human viruses. Its previous toll said there were 44 Mexican deaths. The Mexican government has said the worst is over and eased restrictions on commercial and public activity in the country that has been at the epicentre of the outbreak. The WHO's latest flu tally increased the number of confirmed infections in the United States to 1,639 from 896 reported on Friday, while the number of reported deaths remained at two. It increased the number of infections in Canada to 242, from 214, and added one reported death. European countries with cases confirmed in WHO laboratories include Spain (88), Britain (34), Germany (11), Italy (6), France (12), Portugal (1), Ireland (1), Netherlands (3), Austria (1), Denmark (1), Sweden (1), Switzerland (1) and Poland (1). The WHO also confirmed the following infections in the rest of the world: Israel (7), Brazil (6), New Zealand (5), South Korea (3), El Salvador (2), Hong Kong, China (1), Guatemala (1), Colombia (1) and Costa Rica (1). Countries with cases added to its list for the first time were: Argentina (1), Australia (1), Japan (3) and Panama (2). Evidence that the disease, popularly known as swine flu, has taken hold in communities outside the Americas would prompt WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to declare a full pandemic. Chan raised the global pandemic alert level last week to 5 out of 6 in response to the spread of H1N1 flu. Phase 5 means a pandemic is imminent. The WHO also repeated its guidance that international travel should not be restricted as a result of the outbreak.
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Panama confirms first case of A/H1N1 flu

HealthcarePANAMA, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Panama's Heath Minister Rosario Turner confirmed on Friday the country's first case of A/H1N1 flu, a young man who traveled to the United States recently. Turner said at a press conference that the patient was quarantined in his house, so were his relatives and people who had contact with him. "The patient is in a stable condition and is being treated in his house," she said. The patient returned from the United States 14 days ago, and developed flu-like symptoms shortly afterwards. The infection was confirmed through laboratory tests, she said. Turner said the Panamanian sanitary authorities will continue with nationwide contingency measures to keep the virus from spreading. "We will strengthen the epidemic vigilance, the control at airports and the education of people," she said. Turner also said that so far, there have been 34 suspected cases, among whom 27 were discarded and seven are waiting for test results. Meanwhile, Gladis Guerrero, director of Epidemiology Department of the Health Ministry, said it is not necessary to suspend school activities. The contingency measures adopted by the Panamanian government include the purchase of 70,000 doses of Tamiflu and the establishment of a fund of 5 million U.S. dollars against the disease.
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Additional Details on Panama's First Case of Swine Flu

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - This morning Panama's Health Minister, Rosario Turner, said in a press conference health authorities have detected the first confirmed case of Swine Flu, influenza type A H1N1, in a 20 year-old Panamanian male. The patient recently returned to Panama from the United States and presented symptoms consistent with the disease shortly after arriving. Health authorities did not release any additional details about the case, such as the specific date when the patient arrived in Panama or his flight information (airline or flight number.) At this point the patient is in stable condition, and remains in self-imposed quarantine in his home, and is undergoing continuing medical care. Dr. Nelson Sossa, the Director of the Gorgas Commemorative Institute, confirmed this morning the test results came back on a young Panamanian man who had traveled to the United States and returned to Panama fourteen days ago. Laboratory tests confirm this person is, in fact, infected with the Swine Flu H1N1 virus. (more)

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A Mexican Citizen With Possible Swine Flu Taken to Santo Tomas

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Mexican Citizen With Possible Swine Flu Arriving at Santo Tomas Hospital
Mexican Citizen With Possible Swine Flu Arriving at Santo Tomas Hospital
By Kathyria Caicedo for Telemetro Reporta - The possibility that the Swine Flu virus type H1N1 is in Panama is more likely every day (Note; Panama's Health Minister just announced the first confirmed case in Panama, Telemetro published this article before MINSA made their announcement.) A Mexican citizen who was visiting Contadora island, south of Panama City, was taken to the Santo Tomas hospital with flu-like symptoms. Health authorities still have not confirmed if this case is just suspicious or if the person is actually infected. The Mexican citizen is only one of the cases that arrived today to the Santo Tomas hospital, where they have established a special room to receive these cases.
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First Confirmed Case of Swine Flu in Panama

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Panama's Minster of Health, Rosario Turner, just announced in a press conference that the Gorgas Commemorative Institute has confirmed through laboratory testing the first case of Swine Flu, type A H1N1, in the Republic of Panama. More details as they become available.

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Now Seven Possible Swine Flu Cases in Panama

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Strict Control Measures at Tocumen International Airport
Strict Control Measures at Tocumen International Airport
By Yaritza Gricel Mojica for the Panama America - In less than 24 hours, the Santo Tomás hospital reported seven new cases suspected to possibly be influenza A (H1N1); and, this time it has been reported an 18 month old baby could be affected. As of Tuesday evening health officials were studying three suspicious cases from Panama City, but yesterday, in less than one hour, four new cases suspected of possibly being Swine Flu type H1N1 entered the Santo Tomas hospital. All seven patients are being held in quarantine in ward 6 of the hospital and health officials are conducting tests through the Gorgas Commemorative Institute to determine if they are in fact infected with the Swine Flu. Among the patients is a Costa Rican who was in La Chorrera when he began to present symptoms, and was transferred to Santo Tomas. Another patient is a 29 year-old woman who comes from the Darién province, who was first taken to the regional hospital in Chepo and then later transferred with urgency via ambulance to Santo Tomas. The most suspicious case is the minor child, who comes from La Chorrera, who arrived at the Hospital del Niño with a high fever and nasal secretion. Both of the other cases come from Arraiján. One is 20 year-old man and the other a 27 year-old woman, both arrived with flu-like symptoms, fever, cough, and headache. All of the suspicious cases were announced by the medical director of the Santo Tomas hospital Gerardo Victoria. To date the Ministry of Health (MINSA) has detected a total of 26 cases suspected to possibly be Swine Flu H1N1, and of those so far 19 have been discarded through testing of samples analyzed by the Gorgas Institute. Gladys Guerrero, the Chief of Epidemiology of Panama's Ministry of Health, said that so far there have been no confirmed cases of Swine Flu in Panama. In addition, local health authorities have also not been notified of any Panamanian citizen who has been identified at another country's airport with flu-like symptoms.
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Ga. student tests positive for swine flu

HealthcareBy DORIE TURNER (AP) ATLANTA -- Georgia health officials have shut down a suburban Atlanta private high school after a 14-year-old student tested positive for swine flu. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in Henry County has suspended all classes for 14 days, though no other students are displaying symptoms of the potentially fatal H1N1 virus, said Dr. Elizabeth Ford, head of the state’s Division of Public Health. State health officials believe the student’s illness is linked to a group of his classmates returning from a trip to Panama in mid-April, Ford said during a news conference. The ill student did not go on the trip, she said. The state received the confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, Ford said. (more)
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Incident: COPA B738 near Lima on Apr 28th 2009, flumergency

Healthcare By Simon Hradecky for The Aviation Herald - A COPA Panama Airlines Boeing 737-800, flight CM-279 from Panama City (Panama) to Buenos Aires Ezeiza,BA (Argentine), diverted to Lima (Peru) after a female passenger (29) fell ill with influenza symptons during the flight. The passenger was hospitalized and diagnosed with swine flu the following day. The woman was travelling from Mexico to Argentine via Panama. The remaining passengers were supplied with Tamiflu and prophylactic medicine and could continue their journey arriving at Ezeira Airport in the morning of the following day. Argentine Authorities are taking care of 8 passengers who were in close contact with the woman.
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