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H1N1 Swine Flu Virus Reaches Iceland

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H1N1 Swine Flu Virus Reaches Iceland

An Icelandic man was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, a.k.a. the swine flu, on Saturday. Five of the man’s family members, who had all experienced vague flu symptoms, were tested, but as determined today, they had not been infected with the virus.

The man arrived from New York the previous weekend and has been feeling ill since Monday last week but is currently recovering. According to American epidemiological authorities, 327 people have been infected with the H1N1 virus in New York and one person has died from it, ruv.is reports.

According to ruv.is, this is the first confirmed case of swine flu in Iceland. Haraldur Briem, Chief Epidemiologist at Iceland’s Directorate of Health, met with the representatives of the civil defense department of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police over the weekend because of this incidence and will meet with the country’s health jurisdictions supervisors and police chiefs today.

A special health center will not be reestablished at the Keflavík International Airport and a level of emergency will not be declared, Briem said. The focus currently remains on finding those who might be infected with the H1N1 virus, providing them with medicine and advice and monitoring those with whom they have been in close contact.

“If people get symptoms we will naturally investigate that, but apart from that we don’t have any special arrangements and that is because of this case,” Briem said. “This case does not have especially wide-reaching measures because it’s such a mild epidemic.”

Click here to read about Icelandic software used to combat the swine flu.

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