Teenager diagnosed with swine flu still in quarantine

2015-05-18 11:33
A doctor holds samples of patients suspected of being infected with swine flu at a hospital in Buenos Aires. (Ezequiel Pontoriero, AP)

A doctor holds samples of patients suspected of being infected with swine flu at a hospital in Buenos Aires. (Ezequiel Pontoriero, AP)

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THE teenager diagnosed with H1N1, commonly known as swine flu, is still in quarantine.

The Heather Secondary School pupil was diagnosed with the A-type strain — which is considered the less aggressive strain of the virus — last week. He is currently in the isolation ward at the DayMed private hospital in Northdale.

Hospital matron Moira Nel confirmed yesterday that the child had not left the hospital, with more blood tests likely to be performed this morning.

“He is still under our care and on medication. He should be able to return home later this week, but right now he still has a [high] temperature,” said Nel, who told The Witness on Friday that Type A, like any virus, could be spread by droplet infection such as a cough.

The boy’s father, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the child, said the remaining members of their family would most likely also have blood tests done today to see if they have also been infected.

“He is doing okay. Two of his friends were also tested this weekend after developing several symptoms, but they have yet to receive their blood test results,” said the father.

Last week, a second case of swine flu was confirmed at Scottsville Primary School after a pupil tested positive.

Both Scottsville and Heather schools notified the parents of all their pupils.

Swine flu is a notifiable disease, meaning the government must be notified of instances when it occurs.

The disease is described as a typical seasonal flu, except that most people do not have any immunity to the virus, which is why it can swiftly develop into a pandemic.

Its symptoms include fever, which is usually high, cough, a runny or blocked nose, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue or tiredness.

There can be extreme diarrhoea and vomiting, and signs of a more serious swine flu infection might include pneumonia and respiratory failure.

The disease affects people of all ages, but the elderly and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable.

H1N1 flu was discovered in Mexico and the United States in March 2009 and spread rapidly across the world.

The World Health Organisation believes about 18 450 people died from the virus up to August 2010, when the pandemic was declared over

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