Influenza A (H1N1) Swine Flu - Update Twenty-two - RePress


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Monday, May 4

Influenza A (H1N1) Swine Flu - Update Twenty-two

Please attribute these comments to Dr Fran McGrath, Deputy Director of Public Health

Sixth confirmed case

Since Update 21 at 3:15pm today one case has moved from probable to laboratory confirmed, bringing the total to six.

* The latest confirmed case is an Auckland student who had travelled on Flight NZ01 from Los Angeles on April 25, the same flight as the Rangitoto College party. He was treated with Tamiflu and is now well and out of isolation.
* The other probable case that was laboratory confirmed earlier today, is a student from Hawke’s Bay who has recently returned from a Lindisfarne College school trip. These students returned to New Zealand from North America on Tuesday 28 April. The confirmed case remains in isolation at home and is being treated with Tamiflu, as is the rest of the family. Other close contacts have also been treated and followed up.
* The other laboratory confirmed cases are four people from the Rangitoto College (Auckland) group who had travelled to Mexico and returned to New Zealand on Saturday 25 April. These four are also now well and out of isolation.

Both of the newly confirmed cases today were previously probable cases that have now had laboratory confirmation by the National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Diseases (ESR), which is able to report laboratory confirmed Influenza A (H1N1) cases. It will continue to refer samples to the Melbourne WHO reference laboratory for re-confirmation as required under international protocols.

There is still no evidence of community transmission - that means that to date, all of the cases have recently returned from travelling to affected areas or are close contacts of cases. There has been no community transmission within New Zealand.

The number of confirmed and suspected cases in New Zealand as at 5:30pm today are:

* Six confirmed cases of Influenza A (H1N1)
* Eleven probable cases.

As at 12:00pm today there were:

* 69 suspected cases - this is down 20 from yesterday afternoon.
* 335 people in isolation or quarantine and being treated with Tamiflu. This is down by 25 since yesterday afternoon. These are people who have developed symptoms of influenza within seven days of having been in the areas of concern or are close contacts of cases and have flu-like symptoms.

These numbers will fluctuate as a result of more suspected cases being found, or suspected cases being ruled out.
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