Saturday, January 9, 2010

Brazil monitors suspected A/H1N1 flu cases among Indians

January 09, 2010

A medical team was sent to monitor suspected cases of A/H1N1 flu in an indigenous region in Brazil's Amazonas state, it is reported.

The decision was made after a 10-year-old Indian boy from a village of the Yanomami ethnic group in the Santa Isabel do Rio Negro region had to be hospitalized with serious flu symptoms.

The National Health Foundation also reported two other flu cases in the same village.

Sizinando Pontes, an official from the Indigenous Health District, said local residents were concerned about an outbreak ofA/H1N1 flu in the region.

The virus is feared to have been brought in by local health staff, who worked in another Yanomami community on the Brazil-Venezuela border for an A/H1N1 flu outbreak in October and November last year, said Pontes.

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