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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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The Lab Tests Are Back - Sick Gringo in Santo Tomas Does Not Have Swine Flu

Healthcare By Yessika Valdés for the Panama America - Panama's National Director of Health, Cirilo Dawson, reported today the laboratory tests conducted on a American citizen who was admitted to the Santo Tomas hospital with symptoms consistent with a possible A-H1N1 Swine Flu infection came back negative. "In the first instance the results were positive, but deeper studies were conducted and the results were negative," he said. Dawson recommended that the population should remain alert and follow the recommendations of health authorities to avoid contracting the virus.
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It's Flu Season in Panama (Already, Right Now)

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By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - This morning on the international news I saw some coverage of the reaction of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States to the threat of a Swine Flu pandemic. In the report it said medical experts expect the number of cases to subside to some degree at this point, but fear the possibility the virus could return with a vengeance during the normal cold and flu season in the United States. I just wanted to point out that right now, the very beginning of the rainy season in Panama, is our cold and flu season. For us, this is like the last weekend of November, right as the weather turns from dry season to the rainy season. All of the plants in the jungle have been waiting for a good dose of water to signal them that it's safe to release tons and tons of pollen into the air. The flowers are all blooming, everything is turning green again, and 3 million Panamanians all have runny noses, mostly due to allergic reactions of some kind. This is the peak season here, already. For what it's worth...

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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Panama's Ministry of Health Testing American For Swine Flu

Healthcare By ANA TERESA BENJAMÍN for La Prensa - The Ministry of Health confirmed yesterday the detection of a 32 year-old American citizen who is suspected of having influenza type A. Panama's Health Minister Rosario Turner said the man "escaped" from the Santo Tomas hospital after the first tests came back positive for Influenza type A, but the man was found again and placed under medical observation in order to conduct additional testing. She explained that the Gorgas Institute will be conducting more specific tests to determine if the virus detected is either the normal seasonal flu or the more dangerous subtype H1N1 causing fears of a pandemic. At press time the results of the tests being conducted by the Gorgas Institute were not yet known.
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Panama nabs American suspected of having H1N1 flu

HealthcareBy Sean Mattson PANAMA CITY, May 1 (Reuters) - Panamanian police detained an American traveler on Friday who left a hospital after health workers suspected he could have a new flu virus that is spreading quickly around the world, a hospital official said. The H1N1 swine flu virus has killed up to 177 people, almost all in Mexico. Worldwide, 13 countries have confirmed cases, though Panama is not among them. The unidentified American man flew to Panama City from Canada and upon arrival was flagged by health officials as having flu symptoms. He was sent to a local hospital early Friday morning, said the hospital's director Gerardo Victoria. Staff conducted a preliminary screening for influenza, but the man left the hospital before the test results came back. Police picked him up at his hotel around mid-day on Friday, Victoria said. "I think he got the message (that he has to stay at the hospital)," Victoria said, saying doctors want to keep the man under observation until they can rule out swine flu. Almost all infections outside Mexico have been mild, and only a handful of patients have required hospital treatment. Victoria said his hospital has received about 10 people suspected of having swine flu since it was first reported last week. Tests for the new virus have come back negative so far. The latest countries to report new infections were Denmark and Hong Kong -- where authorities sealed off a hotel where a 25-year-old Mexican visitor had been staying. He became the first verified case in Asia. (Writing by Jason Lange, editing by Alan Elsner)
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Panama announces 5 million USD to fight flu

HealthcarePANAMA CITY, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Panamanian President Martin Torrijos announced Thursday that his government will provide 5 million U.S. dollars to fight the influenza A H1N1 flu. Torrijos said that this emergency fund will be managed by the Panamanian Health Ministry and it will be used to reinforce the sanitary emergency measures that were taken due to the threat of this flu. To the moment, Panama has registered nine possible cases, among whom five were ruled out after the lab tests, but still the authorities wait for the result of the other four cases. The reported possible cases in Panama are passenger coming from Ecuador, Argentina and mainly from Mexico. One of the measures that Panama has taken is the control increased at the entrances of main ports and airports, in order to keep the virus off the country. The government set these measures due to the advise from the World Health Organization (WHO) on warning about the danger of a world pandemic.
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