Indonesia, Cambodia join list of A/H1N1 flu infected countries 2009-06-25 00:46:30   Print

    HONG KONG, June 24 (Xinhua) -- The A/H1N1 flu is further spreading in Asia-Pacific region, as Indonesia and Cambodia on Wednesday newly joined the long list of infected countries.

    Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari confirmed here on Wednesday that a 37-year-old Indonesian pilot and a 22-year-oldBritish woman were tested positive for A/H1N1 flu virus in the country.

    This is the first time for Indonesia to report A/H1N1 flu cases, which were both infected abroad.

    The minister said that new steps would be taken such as intensifying communication among health authorities in the region and stepping up surveillance in Bali, where many visitors from Australia, which has been infected by the virus with 2,436 cases, are coming in.

    Four Indonesians so far have been affected by the virus overseas. the ministry forbids them to return home before they were cleared from the disease, she said.

    On the same day, Cambodia's Ministry of Health and World Health Organization issued a statement saying it had found the first ever case of H1N1 virus.

    In the joint statement, they said "Cambodia's first case of the new influenza A /H1N1 virus was confirmed by the Cambodian National Influenza Center on Tuesday June 23 2009."

    The statement said the infected person, a 16-year-old U.S. citizen visiting the country as part of a student group, is in a "stable condition and is recovering well without any complication. As per standard precautions, the other members of her group are under voluntary observation for signs of infection."

    As one of the most infected countries, Australia on Wednesday reported a third case died with A/H1N1 flu.

    A 50-year-old woman in Victoria with life-threatening cancer has become the third Australian to die with the flu. "The woman died early today at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center, where she has been a long-term patient receiving treatment for cancer," Victorian Health Minister Daniel Andrews said on Wednesday.

    The woman is the second patient at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center to be diagnosed with the A/H1N1 virus.

    He said a second patient with A/H1N1 flu was receiving appropriate care.

    In New Zealand, the number of influenza A/H1N1 confirmed cases rose to 386 in New Zealand on Wednesday, up 22 from 364 on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health said.

    There were also 549 suspected cases.

    While the number of confirmed cases in New Zealand continued to rise, the Ministry of Health said most people who develop non-seasonal Influenza A/H1N1 will have mild to moderate symptoms and will recover at home without needing medical treatment.

    However, as with any influenza, a small number of people will develop more severe symptoms, it added.

    Singapore on Wednesday confirmed another 26 new cases of Influenza A/H1N1 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases here to 220.

    According to the country's Health Ministry, the newly confirmed cases comprise 11 local cases and 15 cases with travel history.

    The 11 new local cases include six cases from three local community clusters and five unlinked cases. Of the 15 imported cases, four had a travel history to the Philippines, four to Australia, three to China's Hong Kong, two to the United States, one to Britain and one to New Zealand.

    In the Chinese mainland, 38 new cases of A/H1N1 flu were confirmed from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 6 p.m. Wednesday, bringing the total to 528, with no reports of deaths.

    In China's Hong Kong, a spokesman for the Hong Kong Department of Health said there had been 36 newly confirmed cases of A/H1N1 influenza in the 24 hours to 2:30 p.m. (0630 GMT) Wednesday.

    This brings the total number of A/H1N1 influenza cases to 444 in Hong Kong, the spokesman said.

    In China's Macao, four more confirmed cases of Influenza A/H1N1were reported here on Wednesday, bringing the total number to 12.

    The four newly confirmed A/H1N1 flu cases were all imported, which involved three local residents, aged between 19 and 24, and a six-year-old Indian boy who visited Macao, according to Macao's Health Bureau (SSM).

    So far, all but one of Macao's 12 confirmed influenza A/H1N1 cases was locally infected.

    Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Wednesday that there is now a "low level community outbreak" of the Influenza A/H1N1 virus in the capital Metro Manila.

    He said the outbreak was declared as a number of schools have reported A/H1N1 flu cases on campus.

    However, he said "it is still a very limited number" and most schools affected by the flu were closed to prevent a large-scale outbreak.

    Duque said by Tuesday, of the 473 flu cases confirmed by the Philippine health authorities, a total of 400 or 85 percent have already fully recovered.

    South Korea's A/H1N1 flu infection climbed to 128 with seven additional cases newly confirmed on Wednesday, health authorities said.

    According to the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, with the newly confirmed patients, including five American high school students who visited South Korea for a field trip, South Korea's A/H1N1 flu cases stand at 128 as of Wednesday afternoon, with 35 people including five unconfirmed patients still remaining in isolated hospitals.

    No death case has been reported in South Korea since the first case of infection was confirmed.

    Vietnam's Ministry of Health confirmed four more A/H1N1 flu cases in the country on Wednesday, raising total number of flu patients to 56.

    Among the four newly-detected cases, one patient is a 33-year-old man coming back from Thailand on the flight TG686 on Saturday. He is the husband of a 24-year-old patient confirmed positive to the A/H1N1 virus previously, said the newspaper.

    Two other patients are two siblings, a 15-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. They returned to Vietnam from the United States on Thursday. Another patient is a 17-year-old girl, according to the report.

    Thailand reported 86 newly confirmed A/H1N1 flue cases Wednesday morning, bringing the country's total number of infection cases to 985.

    Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewoaradai said of all the infected people, 970 have been fully recovered, and only 15 of them are being watched at hospitals by health authority.

    In addition, doctors have seen improving signs on a 57-year-oldfemale A/H1N1 flu patient, who was reportedly in critical condition, Witthaya added.

    The Malaysian Health Ministry said on Wednesday that 12 more cases of A/H1N1 had been confirmed, bringing the total cases in Malaysia to 80.

    The ministry said that among the latest cases confirmed, ten were imported ones and two were locally transmitted cases of the disease.

    Meanwhile, Malaysia's southern state of Johor reported its first confirmed A/H1N1 flu case on Wednesday, which involved a female student, 19, who returned to Johor from Melbourne, Australia, via the Changi Airport in Singapore on Monday.

    Most cases of the disease were found within the Klang Valley, a wide urban area covering Kuala Lumpur and several major cities in the Selangor State, including Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam and Klang.

    So far, Malaysia recorded a total of 12 locally transmitted cases.

    Bangladesh's Health Ministry on Wednesday reported six more confirmed A/H1N1 flu cases, taking the country's total number of the A/H1N1 flu cases to seven.

    Head of the South Asian country's Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research under the Health Ministry Mahmudur Rahman told Xinhua on Wednesday, "Six more Bangladeshi citizens who came from the United States recently were confirmed to have been affected by the A/H1N1 flu."

    Rahman said the patients' ages ranged from 2 years to 28 years. He said all the patients are now under treatment at home.

    With detection of the new cases, Rahman said the number of A/H1N1 flu cases in the country rose to seven till June 23.

    The Lao National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology confirmed the country's third A/H1N1 influenza case on Wednesday.

    The patient is a 55-year-old woman. She is the mother of an American boy who was recently confirmed positive to the A/H1N1 virus. The mother and her child came from the United States and traveled through Japan and Thailand before entering Laos, said the newspaper.

    The Bruneian Ministry of Health confirmed the seventh case of A/H1N1 flu on Tuesday, bringing the total number of the cases to seven in the sultanate.

    Brunei newspapers reported on Wednesday that the seventh case involved a four-year-old Bruneian girl who returned to Brunei on June 19 from Malaysia.

    The Bruneian government urged its people to delay or cancel trips to affected countries, avoid crowded places if they feel sick, keep updated on developments of the flu, and ignore unconfirmed rumors that might cause panic. 

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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