Solomon Islands confirms first H1N1 case

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A member of the Regional Assistance Mission (RAMSI) to Solomon Islands is the country’s first confirmed case of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu.

The Solomon Times reports the RAMSI member arrived in the country from Australian city of Brisbane last Thursday.

Chairman of the Swine Flu Taskforce, Dr Cedric Alependava says the patient is under quarantine at RAMSI’s Aspen Medical Centre.

He says the centre has twelve other RAMSI officers in quarantine- one of them is being treated as a suspect case.

All of them were travelling with the confirmed patient on the flight to Honiara.

The Solomon Islands 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.