Turkey Reports First Influenza A Cases

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Turkey reported its first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza A(H1N1) on 16 May, becoming the eighteenth country in the WHO European Region to do so, and a second case on 17 May.

One individual has a travel history to the United States of America and the other is a close contact. As of 07:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on 17 May, a total of 257 cases of influenza A(H1N1) had been reported to WHO/Europe.

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Since the outbreak update on 13 May, WHO/Europe has received reports of 4 further cases in Belgium, 2 in Germany, 3 in Spain, 1 in Sweden and 16 in the United Kingdom.

The breakdown of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) in the Region to date is: Austria (1), Belgium (5), Denmark (1), Finland (2), France (14), Germany (14), Ireland (1), Israel (7), Italy (9), the Netherlands (3), Norway (2), Poland (1), Portugal (1), Spain (103), Sweden (3), Switzerland (1), Turkey (2) and the United Kingdom (87).

Confirmed cases in the Region have typically presented with mild illness. Most of these are in people who have travelled to affected areas in the Americas, although the proportion and pattern of transmission of locally acquired cases vary across countries.

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