No Confirmed Cases of Swine Flu in Peru, as of April 29, 2009
The swine influenza A (H1N1) virus, or swine flu, that has infected humans in the United States, Mexico and 5 other countries, has not surfaced in Peru or any other country in South America as of April 29, 2009 according to the World Health Organization. The current alert level for swine flu was raised by the World Health Organization on April 27, to phase 4, two levels below the threshold of a pandemic outbreak.
On April 28, 2009, The Center for Disease Control in the United States of America issued an advisory to avoid “non-essential travel to Mexico” because of the health risks from swine flu.
Today, April 29, 2009, Living in Peru quotes Peru’s Minister of Health, Óscar Ugarte, concerning swine flu, “Thankfully in all the cases that have been evaluated – beginning with the Peruvian citizen believed to have been infected as well as three others that appeared to be infected and one that came in on a flight this morning – all have been found to be negative,” said the health minister.
He affirmed the virus had not reached Peru and it was necessary to continue taking the necessary precautions.
“There is no virus, no transmission, therefore there are no cases in the country and we must maintain the precautionary measures that have been established,” said Ugarte.
No Confirmed Cases of Swine Flu in Peru
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An update of this story with new information can be read at; No Confirmed Cases of Swine Flu in Peru.