3 Aug 2009

Solomons confirms case of swine flu

7:07 pm on 3 August 2009

Solomon Islands has one confirmed case of H1N1 virus, or swine flu.

"The Solomon Times online reports that the patient is a member of the Regional Assistance to Solomon Islands, or RAMSI, who arrived in the country from Brisbane last Thursday."

The Chairman of the Solomons' Swine Flu Taskforce, Dr Cedric Alependava, says the patient is currently quarantined at RAMSI's Aspen Medical Centre.

The Aspen Medical Centre has twelve other RAMSI officers in quarantine - one of them is being treated as a suspect case.

Meanwhile, the Swine flu taskforce is appealing to people who arrived in the country on board Pacific Blue flight DJ-169 last Thursday to contact them or medical authorities.