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Monday, June 8

NZ swine flu up to 17

The cumulative total of confirmed cases in New Zealand is now 17, up from 14 yesterday.

One of the three new confirmed cases is the seven-year-old son of the first Canterbury case, who was a passenger off Air NZ flight NZ5 which arrived from Los Angeles on 31 May 2009. The boy only has mild symptoms of influenza. The family had been in isolation at home after the boy’s father was suspected of having Influenza A (H1N1) and being treated with Tamiflu. The boy’s father is recovering well and his time in quarantine has ended.

The second new confirmed case is a passenger also off flight NZ5 which arrived from Los Angeles on 31 May 2009. The close contacts of this passenger have been followed up and were swabbed, if sick, and all results were negative. Both of the May 31 NZ5 cases are believed to have been separately exposed during their travels.

The third case is a passenger off Air NZ flight NZ124 which arrived from Melbourne on 5 June 2009. The family, close contacts and passengers sitting in the two rows in front of and the two rows behind the case as well as the row the case was sitting in are being contacted. The case is in isolation at home and is being treated with Tamiflu.

The cumulative total of probable cases is 10.

There are currently 103 suspected cases, up from 92 yesterday. The numbers of suspected cases fluctuate as more people with symptoms arriving from affected areas are assessed (treated and isolated), and as laboratory testing rules out some suspected cases.

There are 92 people in isolation or quarantine and being treated with Tamiflu. This is up from 66 on Friday, 5 June, when the last update on this figure was provided. The numbers of people in isolation vary according to when they complete 72 hours of the five-day course of Tamiflu.

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