April 30, 2009 / 12:46 PM / 10 years ago

UPDATE 1-Serbia's suspected case of H1N1 flu test negative

(Updates with negative test results)

BELGRADE, April 30 (Reuters) - A women patient was released from hospital on Thursday afternoon after testing negative for H1N1 flu, Serbia’s top health official said.

“The results of tests conducted at the National Laboratory of the Torlak Institute have found no trace of the Mexican-type influenza,” Health Minister Tomica Milosavljevic told Pink TV.

The 71-year old women, who had returned from the United States a few days ago, was released from the clinical centre in Vojvodina after having been hospitalised earlier in the day.

The outbreak of the H1N1 virus has killed up to 176 people in Mexico and one toddler in the United States, and is spreading around the world.

Serbia’s Health Ministry is implementing a set of sanitary and preventive measures against the flu, including distributing leaflets to passengers going to or arriving from countries with recorded cases of the disease. (Reporting by Ivana Sekularac and Gordana Filipovic; editing by Adam Tanner/Richard Hubbard)

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