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South Africa confirms seven cases of swine flu

South African government today said that there are seven cases of swine flu in the country.
PTI | By M Subramoney, Durban
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2009 11:59 PM IST

South African government on Monday said that there are seven cases of swine flu in the country.

"All seven cases are mild and the patients are recovering well and at home in accordance with the World Health Organisation and departmental guidelines," Health spokesperson Fidel Hadebe said.

Hadebe, in a statement, said that all of them had returned from abroad recently.

South Africa's first case was that of a 12-year-old boy, who arrived from the US on June 14.

Appealing to the public not to panic, Hadebe said "the fact that cases were detected and results made available within a short space of time is indicative of the country's preparedness and ability to respond to the H1N1 pandemic".

The spokesperson said that the health department has put various measures in place to ensure the virus does not spread, including setting up Operational Outbreak Response Teams in all provinces, maintaining a high level of vigilance and preparedness and setting up a temporary clinic to check for possible cases on both arrival and departure flights at OR Tambo Airport.

Meanwhile, doctors across the country are on strike for the past two weeks in support of demands for higher salaries.

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