May 15, 2009

JAKARTA – A 31-YEAR-OLD woman is being treated for suspected H1N1 flu in Indonesia after returning from a trip to the United States, a health ministry official said on Friday.

If confirmed it would be the Southeast Asian country’s first known case of the A(H1N1) virus, which has killed 65 people and infected more than 6,400 around the world.

‘We are naming her an A(H1N1) suspect because she had been to the United States and South Korea which are areas with swine flu cases,’ contagious diseases chief Tjandra Yoga Aditama told AFP.

‘We have taken a throat swab and blood sample from her for further examination.’ The woman was admitted to Hasan Sadikin hospital in Bandung on Thursday morning complaining of flu-like symptoms but these have subsided, the hospital’s infectious diseases head, Hadi Jusuf, said.

‘She was in Los Angeles for six days from May 6 and (travelled) through South Korea,’ he said.

He said the woman had tested negative for H1N1 flu at the airport in South Korea but her symptoms had returned and further tests were necessary. — AFP