Second case of swine flu in Portugal

The second case of H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, in Portugal was confirmed on Monday by Portugal’s minister of health, Ana Jorge.

According to the minister, a 33-year old man who fell ill after arriving at Porto airport from New York at the weekend was kept in isolation at São João hospital after tests confirmed he had the H1N1 virus.

Seven family members and people who had been in contact with the man had been put on a preventative course of antiviral medication for 10 days.

Ana Jorge said that the confirmation of another case in the country is not a cause for alarm and will not cause the alert level to change.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is maintaining the pandemic alert level of five, which indicates widespread human infection.

According to a statement released by the ministry of health, there is no evidence of the illness spreading between humans in Portugal but people who feel flu like symptoms are advised to call the helpline 808 24 24 24 for medical advice.

At the time the Algarve Resident went to press, the total number of confirmed cases in the world, according to the WHO, was 19,273.