Viewing cable 09REYKJAVIK97, FIRST CASE OF H1N1 INFLUENZA CONFIRMED IN ICELAND
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|09REYKJAVIK97||2009-05-26 13:01||2011-01-13 05:05||UNCLASSIFIED||Embassy Reykjavik|
VZCZCXYZ0003 RR RUEHWEB DE RUEHRK #0097 1461334 ZNR UUUUU ZZH R 261334Z MAY 09 FM AMEMBASSY REYKJAVIK TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4079 INFO RUEHCP/AMEMBASSY COPENHAGEN 0382 RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 0153
UNCLAS REYKJAVIK 000097 STATE FOR OES/IHB AND EUR/NB COPENHAGEN FOR ESTH HUB LONDON FOR J.SILVA SIPDIS E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: KFLU AMED PREL TBIO IC SUBJECT: FIRST CASE OF H1N1 INFLUENZA CONFIRMED IN ICELAND (U) On May 23, Iceland's Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Haraldur Briem announced that a case of H1N1 influenza ("swine flu") had been confirmed. The patient, an Icelander, had recently returned from New York City. Initially, it was suspected that six members of his family were infected as well but tests have confirmed that the family is not infected. According to Briem, the infected man is not critically ill and is on his way to recovery. Briem also said that no extra precautions were being taken beyond health authorities' earlier advice to maintain good hygiene standards. More information can be found on the Icelandic Government's swine flu website, www.influensa.is. KLOPFENSTEIN