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    Tanzania confirms two more cases of A/H1N1 flu

    2009-07-29 15:23:24

    DAR ES SALAAM, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Two more A/H1N1 flu cases have been confirmed in Tanzania after two British students were hospitalized and detected here on Sunday evening, the local daily the Citizen reported on Wednesday.

    The two were detected on Sunday evening upon arrival at Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam. They were immediately taken to the isolation unit at the hospital, Andrew Swai, the director of clinical services of Muhimbili National Hospital was quoted as saying.

    The latest two cases brought the number of people detected with the flu in Tanzania to three, the report added.

    Xinhua tried to confirm with Swai but could not reach him as he was allegedly in a meeting. Other medical resources could not confirm the news either.

    The Two British women residing in Dar es Salaam said that they were returning from Nairobi, where they had gone to visit their relatives.

    Early this month, a 17-year-old British student was tested positive from the flu shortly after arriving here with his 15 colleagues and four teachers at JNIA from London via Nairobi for a month-long tour for volunteer work. He was treated, recovered fully and was later discharged.

    After the first detection of the flu, the Tanzanian government appealed for calmness, asserting that there was no cause for alarm as everything was under control.

    The health authorities have stepped up surveillance at all the major airports and border crossing points, where travelers arriving from neighboring countries and overseas are being screened for symptoms of the disease.

    The A/H1N1 flu pandemic is continuing to spread, with more confirmed cases and an increasing number of deaths reported worldwide. The World Health Organization said the influenza has caused a total of 816 deaths among the 134,503 accumulated cases worldwide as of Monday.