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Wed 1 Jul 2009 02:01 AM

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Kuwait reports new swine flu case

Male teenager tests positive bringing total number of cases to 17, according to Ministry of Health.

Kuwait's Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday that a male Kuwaiti teenager who recently arrived from Egypt has tested positive for the H1N1 virus."The new infection case pushed to 17 the number of laboratory-confirmed cases in Kuwait including two children," the ministry's spokesman Youssof Al-Nisf told KUNA, referring to the cases registered in Kuwait.

"The patient has been admitted to the pandemic hospital and is his condition is stable," Al-Nisf said, noting that all people who have been in contact with the patient would undergo medical tests and receive medical advice as a precaution.

Out of the 17 swine flu patients, 10 have left hospital after recovering. The remaining seven are said to be getting better and will leave hospital this week, he revealed.

"Since the early outbreak of the epidemic, the ministry has adopted an elaborate preventive plan in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines," he pointed out.

The senior official allayed public concern over the medical situation in Kuwait, noting that most of the patients whether in Kuwait or worldwide recovered completely.

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