Uganda confirms first case of swine flu

July 2, 2009 12:00 am

, KAMPALA, Jul 2 – Uganda on Thursday reported its first confirmed case of A (H1N1) virus in a 40-year-old British man who arrived in the east African country last month.

The unnamed Briton arrived at Entebbe airport on June 26 from London via Nairobi and reportedly showed no symptoms. He tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, Primary Health Care Minister James Kakooza told reporters.

"The patient has been isolated in Entebbe, is being managed and… is in good condition," Kakooza said.

Neighbouring Kenya on Monday reported its first confirmed A(H1N1) virus also in a British national who had travelled to there.

The UN World Health Organisation’s (WHO) representative in Uganda, Jaoquim Saweka, said the screening at Entebbe airport will be enhanced.

"These are events of international impacts where each country has obligations," Saweka said at the press conference.

He added that Uganda has enough supplies of Tamiflu should a wider outbreak occur. The country has investigated six previous suspected cases.

The World Health Organisation has reported more than 67,000 confirmed swine flu cases with more than 300 deaths worldwide.


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