GUAM CONFIRMS FIRST CASE OF SWINE FLU

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Symptoms appeared after trip to Texas

HAGATNA, Guam (Saipan Tribune, July 2, 2009) – Guam recorded yesterday its first confirmed case of H1N1 infection, commonly known as swine flu, according to a statement issued by the island's Office of the Acting Governor.

The affected individual, a federal employee on Andersen Air Force Base, had returned from a trip to Texas and exhibited flu-like symptoms.

The case was confirmed yesterday by the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services.

The statement did not identify the gender of the affected person but a Pacific Daily News article on its website said it's a woman. Quoting Department of Public Health and Social Services director Peter Roberto, the PDN article says the woman lives in Yigo outside the military base

The Office of the Acting Governor statement said the department is working with the U.S. Department of Defense to ensure the individual receives appropriate medical attention.

The individual sought medical care at Naval Hospital Guam on June 25 after exhibiting flu-like symptoms. She underwent sampling and was placed on home isolation. The samples were sent to the Navy Health Research Laboratory in San Diego, which confirmed the H1N1 influenza virus yesterday.

The individual is recovering and continues to remain in isolation, the Office of the Acting Governor statement said.

The PDN report states that three other people who live with the woman were tested and authorities are now awaiting the results.

"One member of the individual's household is experiencing flu-like symptoms and has been placed on anti-viral medication. The individual and other members of the household are currently undergoing further medical observation," the Office of the Acting Governor statement said.

No further details were available at press time.

The CNMI Department of Public Health is urging the public not to be alarmed, as there is no confirmed H1N1 case in the CNMI. There is no vaccine yet available for swine flu. The Commonwealth remains on pandemic level Phase 6

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