Sweden Reports First Confirmed Influenza A
WHO/Europe was informed of the first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza A(H1N1) in Sweden. Since the update on 4 May, national focal points for the International Health Regulations (2005) have reported one additional case in Germany, one in France, three in Italy, nineteen in Spain and ten in the United Kingdom.
A total of 131 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) in 13 countries in the WHO European Region had been reported to WHO/Europe as of 13:00 GMT on 6 May 2009.
The breakdown of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) in the WHO European Region is: Austria (1), Denmark (1), France (5), Germany (9), Ireland (1), Israel (4), Italy (5), the Netherlands (1), Portugal (1), Spain (73), Sweden (1), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (28).
Confirmed cases in the Region have typically presented with mild illness. Most of the confirmed cases reported in the Region are in people who have travelled to affected areas in the Americas. Limited person-to-person transmission has been documented in Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom. At this time, there is no evidence of sustained community-level human-to-human transmission in the WHO European Region.