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Wed 22 Jul 2009 09:47 PM

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Kuwait reports 6 new swine flu cases

Latest confirmation by Health Ministry brings to 50 the total number of cases now having been reported.

Kuwait’s Health Ministry reported on Wednesday six new swine flu cases, involving five citizens and an expatriate, bringing the total to 50 recorded cases.

The ministry's spokesman Dr. Yusuf Al-Nisuf told KUNA that lab reports came back positive for the H1N1 virus, and the six infectees were currently hospitalised and their conditions said to be stable.

Two of the swine flu cases contracted the disease through direct interaction with a person who just arrived from Umrah, whereas the rest had arrived from Thailand and Dubai.

The ministry said it is closely observing the situation and is ready to deal with any emergency according to the recommendations and regulations of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The ministry has taken all measures to contain the disease through careful observation, Al-Nisuf reiterated.

Most of the cases have since fully recovered and are resuming their normal activities, he added.

The age range of the registered cases is between 16 to 35, plus a number of cases of infants and seniors.

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