SKorea has first confirmed swine flu case

May 1, 2009 6:04:30 PM PDT
Health authorities in South Korea said Saturday they have confirmed the country's first case of swine flu in a woman who recently returned from Mexico. Final tests showed the 51-year-old woman has the disease, Lee Jong-koo, chief of the state disease control center said at a news briefing.

It is Asia's second confirmed case of the disease. Hong Kong officials ordered a weeklong quarantine on Friday for hundreds of hotel guests and workers after a tourist from Mexico tested positive for swine flu. The 25-year-old man was isolated at a hospital and was in stable condition.

The South Korean woman has been listed as a probable case since Tuesday. Health officials said she has recovered enough to consider being discharged from a hospital where she remains quarantined.

Authorities are testing another woman - who lived with the now-confirmed patient and drove her home from the airport Sunday - for swine flu.

Yonhap news agency said the two women are nuns living in a convent near Seoul, but officials refused to confirm the report, citing privacy.


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