GUATEMALA CITY – An 11-year-old girl who just returned to Guatemala from neighboring Mexico has tested positive for swine flu, making this the first confirmed case of the illness in the Central American country, Health Minister Celso Cerezo said Monday.
“We are talking about a girl in the capital, who was detected by the health cordon located at the airport when she was returning from a trip to Veracruz,” Cerezo said.
The girl is being treated with antiviral medication and is listed in stable condition at a Guatemalan hospital, the health minister said.
“As of now, this is the first case we have confirmed. We are going to take all the measures necessary to prevent the virus from expanding” nationwide, Cerezo said.
Some 500 courses of medication for use against the AH1N1 virus have been distributed to Guatemala’s main public hospitals in the past three days, and 12,000 additional units are expected to arrive in the next few days for distribution across the country, the health minister said.
Tests on two other people exhibiting flu-like symptoms came up negative and there are no other suspected cases, Cerezo said.
Guatemala is the third country in Central America to confirm the presence of the AH1N1 virus, joining Costa Rica and El Salvador. EFE