Portugal Reports First H1N1 Case

May 5 2009 - 12:46pm
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On 4 May 2009, WHO/Europe was informed of the first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza A(H1N1) in Portugal. Since the update of 3 May, National Focal Points for the International Health Regulations have reported 2 additional cases in France, 1 in Israel, 1 in Italy, 14 in Spain and 3 in the United Kingdom.

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As of 15:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on 4 May, a total of 96 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) in 12 countries in the WHO European Region had been reported to WHO/Europe.

Confirmed cases in the Region are distributed among the following countries: Austria (1), Denmark (1), France (4), Germany (8), Ireland (1), Israel (4), Italy (2), the Netherlands (1), Portugal (1), Spain (54), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (18).

These cases have typically presented with mild illness. Most are in people who have travelled to affected areas in the Americas. Limited person-to-person transmission has been documented, including four instances in Spain. At this time, there is no evidence of sustained community human-to-human transmission in the European Region.

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