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Influenza A confirmed in Norway. But two infected on the mend. On Saturday, The Norwegian Directorate of Health (Helsedirektoratet) confirmed that two people have been infected by the virus (H1N1). Both had been in studying in Mexico, and developed symptoms after arriving home. “We have been prepared for that cases of influenza A would also be discovered in Norway” says Bjørn Inge Larsen, the Director of General Health.Pattern and prevention

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Influenza A confirmed in Norway

Published on Sunday, 10th May, 2009 at 23:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 11th May 2009 at 17:41.

But two infected on the mend.

Beachfront resorts at Playa del Carmen
Beachfront resorts at Playa del Carmen
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On Saturday, The Norwegian Directorate of Health (Helsedirektoratet) confirmed that two people have been infected by the virus (H1N1). Both had been in studying in Mexico, and developed symptoms after arriving home.

“We have been prepared for that cases of influenza A would also be discovered in Norway” says Bjørn Inge Larsen, the Director of General Health.

Pattern and prevention

“Experience from other countries tells us that the illness first shows itself only in a few isolated cases. After a few weeks, the influenza’s contagion can be more widespread.”

The Norwegian health authorities say that they first try to stop the infection spreading to the general population. Both household members and people who have been in close contact with those who are unwell will be informed, and are asked to let the authorities know if they fall ill. They will also receive preventative treatment with Tamiflu if they are at risk of developing complications should they contract the flu.

“We expect this type of influenza to be widespread in many parts of the world in the next few months” says Larsen.

Both students

The two, one from Skien and one from Oslo, were studying in Mexico at Gateway College in Playa del Carmen.

According to aftenposten.no, they were travelling home to avoid becoming infected.  They were tested on Wednesday after becoming ill. The paper claims that they were probably infected during the journey.

Offers

At the end of last month, other students at the same college who were concerned about becoming infected were all offered a chance to travel back to Norway to complete their studies here.

The college’s general manager, Ulrika Herlofsen, assures the paper that they have been following their students very closely.

“They are sent to the doctor should they display the slightest signs of the illness. So far, none of our students in Mexico have been infected” she says.

Getting better

In the case of the two who were infected, the Health Directorate say the situation is not dramatic, as both patients have a mild form of the illness.

“Luckily, we have received information that the patients are on the road to recovery. They have received treatment, and there has been no need to admit them to hospital” says Larsen.

Aftenposten reports that both are now in isolation at home. Physical contact with others is limited to a minimum.

Vaccine development possible

And on Friday the British Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Alan Johnson, told CNN that health authorities have now found the H1N1 virus’ genetic code. This means that the first stage in a production of a European prototype vaccine has been attained.

In the meantime, the Norwegian Directorate of Health says that the situation is not dramatic, and the strain mostly resembles the ordinary seasonal variety of flu. Most patients will recover by themselves.




Published on Sunday, 10th May, 2009 at 23:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 11th May 2009 at 17:41.

This post has the following tags: influenzaa, virus, mexico, playa, del, carmen, norway, norwegians, oslo, skien, recovering.





  
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