Spain Confirms First European Swine Flu Case

World | April 27, 2009, Monday // 14:52| Views: | Comments: 0
Spain Confirms First European Swine Flu Case: Spain Confirms First European Swine Flu Case A doctor (2-L) with a face mask leaves with three people masked 'La Fe' hospital, where a 24-year-old young man was admitted yesterday after allegedly being affected by swain flu in Valencia, eastern Spain, 27 April 2009. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Spanish Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez confirmed Monday the first case of swine flu in Europe.

A male patient at a hospital in Almansa in the South-Eastern province of Albacete had tested positive for the virus, BBC reported.

About 20 people are under investigation for suspected symptoms of the disease, the Spanish Health Ministry has said.

The 23-year-old man had arrived home from Mexico with a fever last Wednesday, and was isolated in a hospital ward on Saturday night.

The European Union Health Council, in the mean time, announced they will convene an emergency meeting on April 30 to discuss the issue.

EC Health Commissioner, Androulla Vassiliou, flew to Luxembourg Monday to inform the Ministers of Foreign Affairs in the General Affairs Council.

The EC spokesperson reassured that very few live pigs have been imported lately from countries outside the EU and only from Russia and Canada.

Russia announced all planes arriving from North America will be checked for the virus.

The number of the swine flu in Mexico reached 103, according to the Mexican Health Ministry information. New cases have been registered in the US and Canada. In addition to Europe, possible cases are being investigated in Israel, and New Zealand.


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