9 May 2009

Swine flu quarantine numbers drop

5:47 pm on 9 May 2009

The number of people in New Zealand in isolation or quarantine for suspected swine flu has dropped sharply.

The latest figures on Friday show 278 people are in isolation and being treated with the anti-viral Tamiflu compared with 464 on Thursday.

The Ministry of Health says more people have completed the necessary 72-hour isolation period but numbers will continue to fluctuate.

Confirmed and probable cases of swine flu remain unchanged for the second consecutive day, at five and 14, respectively.

The ministry says 24 countries have officially reported a total of 2371 cases of the virus, also known as H1N1.

Forty-six people have died - 44 in Mexico and two in the United States.