Nepal reports first three influenza A/H1N1 cases 2009-06-30 00:16:42   Print

    HONG KONG, June 29 (Xinhua) -- Nepal health authorities confirmed the country's first three cases of influenza A/H1N1 on Monday, while Australia reported the seventh flu-related death.

    The three infected victims in Nepal comprised a 38-year old woman, a 44-year old man and an 8-year old boy, all from the same family.

    According to report, the health surveillance team at the Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital Kathmandu had carried out the A/H1N1 virus test for the three who came from the United States through Doha in Qatar and landed in the capital on June 24.

    Their samples were collected and sent for confirmation at the National Public Health Laboratory of Nepal in the capital.

    The test results were positive, indicating the first ever detection of the deadly virus in the country.

    Australia's tally of A/H1N1 flu-related deaths reached seven on Monday following the deaths of two Victorian men.

    The two men, aged 50 and 85, had underlying medical conditions.

    Victoria's deputy chief health officer Rosemary Lester revealed the Department of Human Services was told of the deaths over the weekend.

    "The 50-year-old was being treated for a life-threatening cancer and was later diagnosed with A/H1N1 flu," Lester said, adding "he died while receiving treatment in hospital.

    "The 85-year-old man also had a range of underlying medical conditions and was being treated in hospital. These pre-existing conditions made him more susceptible to any influenza-like illnesses."

    Lester said the families of both men have requested that no details of their medical history be released.

    Malaysia confirmed 20 new A/H1N1 flu cases on Monday, bringing up the total to 144 in the country.

    The Malaysian Health Ministry said that among the 20 new cases, four was locally transmitted and others were imported.

    The ministry said that the imported cases involved patients who visited Australia, Indonesia, Britain, Japan, Singapore and Thailand.

    On the day, four schools within the Klang Valley resumed classes, after being closed for a week to control the spread of the flu. The Klang Valley is an urban area covering Kuala Lumpur and some major cities in Selangor State.

    While, one private school in Seremban State remained close as ordered by the authority on Sunday.

    Singapore confirmed 30 new cases of Influenza A/H1N1 on Monday, bringing the number of cases here to 629.

    According Singapore's the Health Ministry, 246 patients have been discharged from hospital while the rest are in stable condition.

    Singapore reported its first confirmed case of Influenza A/H1N1on May 27.

Special Report:  World Tackles A/H1N1 Flu 

Editor: Yan
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