A Dutch soldier returning from Afghanistan contaminated with swine influenza
THE HAGUE - A Dutch soldier recently returned from Afghanistan where he was stationed as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) of NATO, is infected with swine influenza, announced the Dutch Ministry of defense Wednesday.
The new influenza A (H1N1), better known as the Mexican flu was found in a Dutch military recently returned from Afghanistan, the Ministry announced in a statement.
The patient has no fever and was able to go home to rest, according to this source, which states that "several cases (swine flu) have already been found and cured in the coalition troops" in Afghanistan .
The headquarters of ISAF has been informed of the case, according to the ministry, which ensures that troops in Afghanistan have "all the necessary medical treatment of influenza.
In the southern province of Oruzgan, where the majority of Dutch soldiers are stationed, or about 1600 men, no cases have yet been found, according to this source.
No deaths due to swine influenza have been registered in the Netherlands.
(©AFP / 22 juillet 2009 18h02) (© AFP / 22 July 2009 18h02)