June 12, 2009 / 10:25 AM / 10 years ago

Morocco confirms first H1N1 flu case -ministry

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RABAT, June 12 (Reuters) - Morocco has confirmed its first case of the H1N1 flu virus in a 18-year-old woman who had returned home from studying at a university in Canada, the North African country’s health ministry said on Friday.

The woman arrived on Wednesday at her home city of Fes on board a Royal Air Maroc flight via Casablanca from Montreal and showed the first symptoms, the ministry added in a statement.

"Results of (laboratory exams of a sample) have confirmed the existence of AH1N1 virus on the young woman, whose state of health is currently stable," the ministry said.

Authorities were providing the required health care to the woman’s family and checking whether any of the passengers who were on the flights Montreal-Casablanca and Casablanca-Fes might be infected by the virus.

"Since the outbreak abroad of the virus, Morocco has established a surveillance system and strengthened the surveillance of passengers boarding flights from countries with AH1N1 pandemics," the ministry said. (Reporting by Lamine Ghanmi; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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