Monday, May 4, 2009

Teenager May Be Japan’s First Swine Flu Case

Source: Japan Today

The uproar over swine flu, or the H1N1 virus, has been going on for days now. As current strain of flu virus originates from Mexico, people in Asia are not as exposed to risk as our western brothers. However, due to the ease of travel from any part of the world today, there really is no guarantee that the virus will not reach the farthest corners of the world.

Japan, in particular, might have its first case of swine flu. Bloomberg reports:

Japan’s Health Minister Yoichi Masuzoe said a 17-year-old boy may be the country’s first swine-flu case.

The teenager, a high-school student from Yokohama, near Tokyo, visited the western Canadian province of British Columbia from April 10 to 25, according to public broadcaster NHK, which televised the news conference by Masuzoe this morning.

The youth underwent a medical checkup yesterday after coming down with a fever and cough. Preliminary tests suggested he may have swine flu, NHK reported.

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo is conducting additional tests to confirm the diagnosis, the report said.


If true that would be sad. Interesting that they think it may have come from BC. There have been 3 or 4 cases in BC. If true than BC may have to increase some of it's security as well. There have been two cases in my province Alberta but far away from Calgary. So far they identified the persons and kept them in hospital.

I've been sick as well but I always get sick this time of year. Think it's either allergies or weather change.

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