DHAKA, June 19 (Xinhua) -- The first A/H1N1 flu case has been detected in Bangladesh, the country's health ministry said in a press release on Friday.
The release was quoted by local media as saying that the results of the tests on the throat swab and nasal wash samples of a Bangladeshi confirmed the country's first A/H1N1 flu case on Thursday.
Mahmudur Rahman, head of the country's Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control & Research (IEDCR) under the health ministry told Xinhua on Friday that the Bangladeshi patient, an about 18-year-old man, returned from the United States on June 14 via Dubai.
The patient earlier traveled to New York and Washington D.C., Rahman said.
Rahman said the patient is now under treatment at his own home in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka.
The health ministry in the release said appropriate measures have been taken to treat the patient.
His family members have also been kept under constant observation.
Rahman said they have asked all the health officials concerned and relevant authorities to remain on alert following the detection of the first A/H1N1 flu case.
Bangladesh since early May has been taking precautionary measures in main airports, seaports and land ports to prevent the A/H1N1 flu virus from making incursion into the country.
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