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    First suspected swine flu case

    MONDAY, 15 JUNE 2009

    JUST three days after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that the swine flu outbreak had become a pandemic, Solomon Islands reported its first suspected case last Saturday.

    Although the patient showed suspected swine flu symptoms, the National Referral Hospital authority is yet to confirm the case.

    The male patients in his mid 30, who recently returned from Australia, was found to be suffering visible symptoms for swine flu.

    Some of the symptoms include cough, cold and high fever.

    Hospital sources said mandatory tests have been carried out and blood sample sent overseas for further tests to confirm the H1N1 pandemic.

    The patient is now quarantine at the hospital awaiting results.

    According to WHO, swine flu has reached 74 countries globally, which signal to countries to step up their efforts to deal with the disease.

    It also means that the health organization is asking drug makers to start making vaccine as quickly as possible.

    WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan last week said while the disease has been mild so far, it "could change at any time and become more severe."

    She said t may also prove more deadly when it reaches poor countries with higher rates of malnutrition, AIDS and other diseases that can lower people's resistance to infection.

    Dr Chan said rich countries should help poor ones less able to protect themselves.

    But the onus to prevent this illness is on individuals and families and communities.

    We must not be panic but practice simple hygiene practices such as washing hands before eating and so forth.
    “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
    Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

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    Re: Solomon Islands - H1N1 - (Suspected) Case - 1

    Solomons swine flu fears over two arrivals from Australia
    Posted at 03:18 on 15 June, 2009 UTC

    Swine flu is feared to have reached Honiara.

    The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation says there were reports that two people, allegedly infected with the H1N1 virus, were transported to hospital by Quarantine Officers from the Honiara International Airport.

    The reports say the two had arrived from Australia.

    The chairman of the swine flu preparedness taskforce, Dr Cedric Alependava, is ill and was not able to comment.

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      Re: Solomon Islands - H1N1 - (Suspected) Case - 1
      Test results for the second suspected H1N1 or swine flu case sent from the National Referral Hospital to Melbourne, Australia have returned negative.

      The Ministry of Health's Under Secretary Dr Cedric Alependava had told the media earlier that there was a second suspected case of the swine H1N1 flu, an expatriate who had just returned from Australia.

      Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Dr Lester Ross, confirmed to the SIBC that the tests have returned negative.

      Dr Ross however reiterates the need to be vigilant as the World Health Organization's scale still stands at Phase 6, the highest level signaling a pandemic.

      The Solomon Islands is yet to register a confirmed case of the swine H1N1 flu, although the Health Ministry is adamant that "it may be just a matter of time." Health authorities have pointed out that certain habits such as the chewing of betel nuts could be a catalyst for a major outbreak if the Solomon Islands are not careful.

      Neighboring Vanuatu has recorded its first two cases of influenza A/H1N1, or swine flu, just last week. Vanuatu becomes the latest Pacific country hit by the epidemic after New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and French Polynesia.
      “The only security we have is our ability to adapt."