SWINE FLU CONFIRMED IN FRENCH POLYNESIA

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Visiting American tourist, companion quarantined

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (Tahitipresse, June 4, 2009) – French Polynesia has confirmed its first case of Influenza A/ H1N1, Health officials announced Wednesday evening in Papeete.

This first influenza case is a young US female tourist who arrived Tuesday night at the Tahiti-Faa'a international airport, the daily newspaper La Dépêche de Tahiti reports.

A thermal camera at the airport helped determine that the woman had fever. She just arrived on a flight from Los Angeles, California.

The Malardé institute laboratory in Papeete confirmed Wednesday that this was in fact influenza A.

The woman and the man traveling with her have been sent to the public hospital in Papeete. Doctors monitor the case, Health officials added.

All persons who have been around this person will also be monitored.

In the Pacific region, Australia has already confirmed more than 300 influenza A cases. The number of confirmed cases of Influenza A/H1N1, or swine flu, in Hawaii has topped 100.

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