x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Emirates man has swine flu

A second case of swine flu has been confirmed in the UAE, after the patient had flown from the US, says government official.

Health officials scan incoming passengers with an infrared heat scanner at the Abu Dhabi International Airport, on May 2 2009.
Health officials scan incoming passengers with an infrared heat scanner at the Abu Dhabi International Airport, on May 2 2009.

ABU DHABI // A second case of swine flu has been confirmed in the UAE, according to the state news agency WAM. Laboratory tests found today that an unnamed Emirati man had been infected with the H1N1 virus. The Minister of Heath, Dr Hanif Hassan Ali, said the patient had flown from the US. None of the other passengers on the flight had shown symptoms of the disease. The flight details were not disclosed. Last week Dr Ali said enough antiviral drugs for the population of the UAE had been ordered and would be delivered by September. Last month the UAE's first swine flu patient was discharged from Tawam Hospital in Al Ain after fully recovering from the disease. He had flown from Canada. On Thursday, the World Health Organisation announced that the outbreak had reached pandemic status. There have been 163 reported deaths in more than 35,000 cases of the disease across 76 countries. amcmeans@thenational.ae