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Swine flu case in  Portugal is false alarm

An 82-year-old man in an isolation room at Porto’s Hospital São João is unlikely to be suffering from swine flu.

The pensioner had returned from holidaying in the United States suffering from flu-like symptoms, including a fever, aching joints, a sore throat and headaches.

But following preliminary laboratory tests at Lisbon’s Ricardo Jorge National Health Institute, Instituto de Saúde Ricardo Jorge, it was confirmed on Sunday by a Ministry of Health spokesman that the patient was probably not suffering from the potentially deadly A H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu.

The Ministry of Health communiqué confirmed that “we have taken into account that the initial information collected was not in fact sufficient enough for the patient to be suspected of suffering from the A H1N1 virus type. It is therefore necessary to carry out a further evaluation at both a clinical and epidemiological level”.

The Ministry added: “Faced with a possible suspected case, all necessary measures were taken as laid down in the Contingency Plan. The patient was taken to the hospital, one of the city’s four main hospitals, where he has been under observation.

“Further samples taken are being analysed at the laboratory of the Ricardo Jorge Institute, previous samples are negative so far.”

Currently, Portugal has only one confirmed case of swine flu and another under investigation.