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First swine flu case in Chile: Health official

world Updated: May 17, 2009 22:44 IST

A 32-year-old woman became Chile's first confirmed swine flu case on Sunday, hours after returning to the country on a flight from the Dominican Republic via Panama, health officials in Santiago said.

"Early today, the Institute of Public Health confirmed Chile's first case of swine flu," Health Minister Alvaro Erazo told a press conference.

The Chilean woman arrived back in the country early Saturday on a flight arriving from the resort town of Punta Cana with a connection in Panama City.

Erazo said the woman was in a "good condition," and was being treated at a hospital in the Chilean capital.

Her condition had been diagnosed by officials at Santiago's international airport, who take the temperatures of passengers returning from abroad and require them to fill out a health questionnaire.

Chilean health officials were recommending that passengers on the same Copa Airlines flight as the swine flue patient be placed under what Erazo called "voluntary confinement."