Swine flu in Bhutan, 4 test positive

Last Updated: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 15:59

Thimphu: Bhutan has become the latest country to be affected by swine flu with four Bhutanese testing positive for the pandemic virus, two of whom were detected within the country. Officials said a three-year-old girl and a 38-year-old woman, both residents of Thimphu but from different families, tested positive.
"We found that they hadn``t gone out of Thimphu at all," said health director Ugen Dophu. Health officials are still investigating the source of the flu in Bhutan.

"It``s important for us to know where they got the flu from. But the two infected have now recovered," Dophu told the state-run daily Kuensel.

The two other cases were detected outside Bhutan. According to the department of public health, a 38-year-old man, pursuing his master``s in Bangkok, was the first Bhutanese to be infected by the flu.

He had left Bhutan on June 4, fell ill on June 12 and 13 and by June 16 tested positive. "They initially thought he``d brought it from Bhutan, but later found that he``d got it in Bangkok.

It was his first visit out of Bhutan," said Dophu. The second Bhutanese to get the flu was one of eight students, who were in Japan on a study tour.

"The rest of the group were given Tamiflu," said Dophu. According to WHO, 135 countries have been infected by the flu as of July 8, killing over 700 people.

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First Published: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 15:59

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