May 21, 2009

Cuba reports Canadian tot with H1N1 flu

The Cuban government announced its fourth confirmed case of H1N1 flu Thursday, saying a 14-month-old Canadian boy tested positive for the virus.

The Ministry of Public Health issued a statement through the Granma newspaper's online edition saying the unidentified boy from Toronto had been hospitalized with symptoms including fever and respiratory problems. The ministry said the child was responding to anti-viral medication and that his parents were also being vaccinated and monitored.

As for the first three cases of the virus initially dubbed swine flu, the ministry said three medical students had been released from the hospital and the quarantine on their school had been lifted Wednesday.

The virus has spread to almost 40 countries since appearing in Mexico last month. The World Health Organization's pandemic alert level is at five on a scale of one to six.