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UAE says country's 1st swine flu case recovered

The United Arab Emirates says the country's first case of swine flu has fully recovered and the patient has left the hospital.

world Updated: May 28, 2009 19:26 IST

The United Arab Emirates says the country's first case of swine flu has fully recovered and the patient has left the hospital.

The Gulf federation confirmed the disease on Sunday in a male passenger who arrived from Canada. No further details about his identity or nationality were provided.

Ali Ahmed bin Shakar, director general of the Ministry of Health, was quoted on Thursday as saying the patient was released from hospital in the town of Al Ain. The remarks were carried by state WAM news agency.

The report says the patient's relatives were held in quarantine but showed no symptoms. They were to be released later on Thursday. Emirates is a major transportation and commercial hub, and home to the Middle East's biggest airport.