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St. Kitts Reports First Swine Flu Case

CaribWorldNews, BASSETTERE, St. Kitts, Thurs. July 16, 2009: St. Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday reported its first case of the H1N1 virus or swine flu.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrick Martin, said the victim is a 26 year old female national with no history of recent travel.  The sample was confirmed after tests at the Caribbean Epidemiology Center. 

The person was not admitted to hospital but was given the necessary home care advice, Martin said.
The St. Kitts report comes as Puerto Rico added to the Caribbean death toll from swine flu. The U.S. island reported its second death from swine flu this week.

Puerto Rico’s chief epidemiologist, Johnny Rullan, says 35 local cases of the H1N1 virus have been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Another 290 potential cases are still being evaluated.

That report moves the Caribbean death total from swine flu to six and its number of reported cases to over 400.