July 30, 2009 / 11:08 AM / 9 years ago

Azerbaijan reports first two H1N1 flu cases

BAKU (Reuters) - Azerbaijan has identified its first two cases of H1N1 flu virus in people who had been on holiday in France and Britain, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

“They are in a difficult condition and are undergoing treatment,” Viktor Gasymov, head of the ministry’s sanitation control department, told a news conference. “There is no threat of the virus spreading.”

Gasymov said one of the patients was a woman and the other a 14-year-old boy, both of whom were returning from holiday. The cases were identified at an airport on their arrival on July 27 and 28, he said.

Neighboring Georgia reported its first case of H1N1 flu on July 18 and a second case a week later.

Reporting by Afet Mehtiyeva; writing by Margarita Antidze; editing by Robert Woodward

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