More than 360 new A/H1N1 flu cases reported in Asia-Pacific region on Tuesday 2009-06-30 23:58:31   Print

A health official takes the body temperature of a monk arriving at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu June 30, 2009. Nepal confirmed on Monday its first cases of H1N1 flu virus, in three members of a family who had returned from the United States, the Himalayan nation's health ministry said. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    HONG KONG, June 30 (Xinhua) -- More than 360 new A/H1N1 flu cases were reported in the Asia-Pacific region on Tuesday, with Thailand scoring the most at 84 to bring the country's tally to 1,414.

    Of Thailand's total flu cases, some 1,390 had recovered, while 24 others were still in hospitals, Thai Deputy Public Health Minister Manit Nopamornbodee said Tuesday.

    In a related development, Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai said according to the Bureau of Epidemiology, Department of Disease Control, from July it is more likely that people will be infected with the new virus, Thai language news agency INN reported.

    The minister also said there is no A/H1N1 mutation in the country. The ministry has ordered the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) to import 12 million doses of vaccine at a cost of 2 million baht (58 72 U.S. dollars).

    Singapore on Tuesday confirmed 72 new cases of Influenza A/H1N1,bringing the total number of such cases to 701 in the city state.

    According to a statement issued by Singapore's Ministry of Health on Tuesday night, so far, most cases of Influenza A/H1N1 in the country are mild. Of the 701 cases, 281 have fully recovered and the rest are recuperating.

    On Tuesday, New Zealand's Ministry of Health said the number of confirmed cases of Influenza A/H1N1 rose to 653 on Tuesday, up 64 from 589 on Monday.

    Health officials said the virus is expected to cause many more infections due to seasonal or winter flu because most people have no or little immunity to it, and infections can be expected to continue for months yet. So far, most of the people contracting the virus are experiencing relatively mild to moderate symptoms.

    In Hong Kong, a spokesman for the Department of Health said that 59 newly confirmed cases of influenza A/H1N1 were reported in the 24 hours to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

    This brings to 785 the total number of Influenza A/H1N1 cases in Hong Kong.

    China's Ministry of Health on Tuesday confirmed 44 more Influenza A/H1N1 cases in the mainland, bringing the mainland's tally to 810 as of 18 p.m. on June 30. The ministry said that 496 patients have been recovered, 313 others were receiving treatment at hospitals and one patient was being quarantined at residence.

    Vietnam's Ministry of Health confirmed 15 more A/H1N1 flu cases in the country, bringing the total number of flu patients to 123, local newspaper the Liberty Saigon Tuesday.

    Of the 15 newly-detected cases, 13 cases were detected in Ho Chi Minh City and the rest two in Hanoi, said the ministry.

    Of these patients, there was one Thai patient entering the country through the Moc Bai border gate in southern Tay Ninh province of Vietnam, becoming the first case of flu coming to Vietnam by land, said Tay Ninh department of health.

    Vietnam has so far reported no death of the influenza A/H1N1, according to Deputy Minister of Health Trinh Quan Huan.

    Malaysia confirmed 14 new cases of A/H1N1 flu here on Tuesday, bringing up the total to 158 in the country.

    Of the 14 new cases, three was locally transmitted cases, said Malaysian Health Ministry's Director-General Mohd Ismail Merican.

    He said that so far, 47 A/H1N1 patients were still receiving treatment at the hospitals in the country and all of them were in good conditions without any complication.

    Macao reported eight newly confirmed cases of Influenza A/H1N1 on Tuesday alone, bringing the total number of such cases to 28 so far.

    Five of the newly confirmed cases were found in a local creche, as five three-year-old children, one boy and four girls, tested positive for the influenza A/H1N1 virus in the past 24 hours, according to Macao's Health Bureau.

    The boy firstly showed flu symptoms on June 25, and other children fell sick between June 28 and 30.

    The Bureau said that all of these young patients did not travel abroad recently, as a result, these five cases were categorized as locally infected. The Bureau also said that it has already checked the health conditions of other children in the same class with the young patients and provided them with anti-virus medicines for prevention purpose.

    Meanwhile, two women who are the mothers of two of the five young patients also tested positive for the virus, according to the Bureau.

    In addition to the seven locally infected cases, an imported case was also reported in the same day, which concerned a 12-year-old local boy who traveled to neighboring Hong Kong between June 15 and 23, and showed flu symptoms on June 24. The Bureau said it was tracking down persons who had close contacts with the patient, including those who went to the same school and church with him, and some of his family members.

    Brunei confirmed three more A/H1N1 flu cases, bringing the total cases to 32 in the country, local media reported on Tuesday.

    The Brunei Health Ministry reported a locally-transmitted case among the three new cases, but did not reveal the source of infection for the other two cases.

    The ministry advised the people to practice self-quarantine for at least seven days if they have recently traveled to Australia, the Unites States, Indonesia, the Philippines, Canada and Malaysia.

    Besides, Bangladesh and Fiji also respectively reported one more A/H1N1 case on Tuesday.

A health official takes the body temperatures of arriving travellers at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu June 30, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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