Visiting boy diagnosed with swine flu — the first case in SA

2009-06-19 00:00

PRETORIA — He was a “living corpse on his feet”, but his determination to see his father kept him upright, said the father of a 12-year-old boy, the first person to be diagnosed with swine flu in South Africa, soon after arriving from the U.S.

Tests by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases showed yesterday that Aleksey Goussard, who is visiting his father in Pretoria, is infected with influenza A (H1N1).

His father, Pieter, an internal auditor for the SA Police Service, says Aleksey was held up in Atlanta for several hours, en route from San Francisco, when he felt ill. He was allowed to fly further after paramedics brought his temperature down.

Aleksey lives with his mother in California, and couldn’t wait to see his dad for the first time in over a year.

Goussard fetched him from the airport on Sunday. “When I reached him, he was absolutely exhausted, and could hardly speak since his throat was so sore.” That evening, Goussard took him to the Netcare Moot hospital in Pretoria.

Aleksey has been discharged from the hospital, but will be isolated at home for seven more days.

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