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09BRUSSELS776
2009-06-04 13:33:00
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Embassy Brussels
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BELGIUM: H1N1: THREE NEW CASES REPORTED, BRINGING

Tags:   KFLU  AEMR  ASEC  AMED  CASC  KFLO  TBIO  KSAF  KPAO 
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						UNCLAS BRUSSELS 000776 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR OES/IHB
STATE PASS USTR JANE DOHERTY
STATE PASS USAID
STATE PASS HHS/NIH

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KFLU AEMR ASEC AMED CASC KFLO TBIO KSAF KPAO
PREL, PINR, AMGT, TF, BE
SUBJECT: BELGIUM: H1N1: THREE NEW CASES REPORTED, BRINGING
TOTAL TO THIRTEEN

REF: BRUSSELS 748

UNCLAS BRUSSELS 000776

SIPDIS

STATE FOR OES/IHB
STATE PASS USTR JANE DOHERTY
STATE PASS USAID
STATE PASS HHS/NIH

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KFLU AEMR ASEC AMED CASC KFLO TBIO KSAF KPAO
PREL, PINR, AMGT, TF, BE
SUBJECT: BELGIUM: H1N1: THREE NEW CASES REPORTED, BRINGING
TOTAL TO THIRTEEN

REF: BRUSSELS 748


1. (U) Belgium has now reported 13 confirmed cases of H1N1,
with two new cases reported May 30 and another, on June 1,
involving the son of one of the May 30 cases. Health
authorities consider all three cases mild. Belgium has
tested approximately 190 persons for H1N1 as of June 3.

CASE ELEVEN


2. (U) A man from the Limbourg region of Flanders was
reported as the 11th case. He left Costa Rica on Saturday,
May 23 and returned to Belgium via Madrid. Authorities
believe he was probably seated next to a contagious passenger
on one of his flights. He fell ill on the evening of May 26
but did not contact his doctor until Friday, May 29. The
doctor had a lab test performed which came back positive for
H1N1 on May 30. Health authorities believe the man was not
contagious during his air travel, but since he likely
contracted the virus during his flight, they have decided to
try to contact any other Belgian passengers on the flight,
and names of passengers from other countries on the passenger
list will be sent to health authorities of their country.
The nine people with whom the man had close contact since
returning to Belgium are being treated preventively with
antiviral medications. Health authorities decided the man
did not need to be hospitalized so he is remaining at home,
in isolation, under a doctor,s watch.

CASE TWELVE


3. (U) Authorities said the twelfth case involvs a young
man from the Flemish Brabant region who returned to Belgium
from New York on May 29. The man was not feeling well before
his flight and upon his return contacted his doctor, who had
him tested immediately. Upon the positive result, the
patient was transferred to Brussels, Saint Pierre hospital.
The one person with whom the patient had had close contact
since returning to Belgium is being treated with antivirals.

CASE THIRTEEN


4. (U) On June 1, health authorities announced that the son
of the eleventh positive case also had tested positive for
H1N1, on June 1. Before showing symptoms, the child had had
a music lesson at a local academy; as a precautionary
measure, all eleven students and the instructor with whom the
child had contact are being treated with antivirals and are
avoiding contact with others. Others with whom the child had
more distant contact are being asked to monitor their health
for any possible symptoms. The child is being treated at
home, under a doctor,s watch.
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