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Kuwait's confirmed swine flu cases rise to 20

Filipino woman is the latest person to be diagnosed with the H1N1 virus in Kuwait.

Kuwait's Ministry of Health announced on Saturday a new case of swine flu has been diagnosed, increasing the country’s number of confirmed cases to 20.

A Filipino woman who had just arrived in Kuwait from her home country tested positive for the H1N1 virus, the KUNA news agency reported.

"The new infection case pushed to 20 the number of laboratory-confirmed cases in Kuwait, including two children," the ministry's spokesman Youssef Al-Nisf said.

"The patient has been admitted to the Infectious Diseases Hospital and her condition is stable.”

Out of the 20 confirmed swine flu patients, 16 have left hospital after making a full recovery. The remaining four are getting better and are due to leave hospital this week, a ministry spokesman revealed.

Since the early outbreak of the epidemic, the ministry has adopted an emergency plan in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) preventive guidelines.

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