Friday, May 22, 2009

Six more cases of AH1N1 confirmed: total now at 26

(Inside Costa Rica) - The minister of health, Maria Luisa Avila, confirmed on Thursday six more cases of H1N1 flu in Costa Rica, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 26 since the outbreak on April 24.

Avila said that this six patients were not among the pervious reports of "probable" cases of the H1N1 flu due to the detection limitations. However, she said that now the Costa Rican Nutrition and Health Research Institute (Inciensa) has more capacity to analyze the samples.

"From these six new cases, four were from the transmission chain of a girl in Heredia, who infected her three brothers and the doctor who assisted her," Avila said.

The other two cases were in San Jose and the transmission chain is still being investigated.

To the moment have health authorities have determined 1,080 possible cases, from them 925 were discarded and 127 are waiting for the lab tests results.

Also there are other two pending cases, which were negative, but the results are doubtable and samples have been sent to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta.

Costa Rica was the fourth country in the world on reporting a death due to the H1N1 flu, after the cases reported in Mexico, the United States and Canada.

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