May 24, 2009 / 5:51 PM / 9 years ago

Canadian passenger confirmed as UAE's first H1N1 case

DUBAI (Reuters) - A man who arrived on a flight from Canada has been confirmed as the first case with the new H1N1 flu in the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf state’s health minister said on Sunday.

Hanif Hassan Ali told the state news agency WAM the man was being treated in hospital.

“His symptoms have subsided but the treatment will continue for 10 days according to the medical procedure,” he said. “Passengers on the same flight have not shown any symptoms.”

The minister did not identify the man. The Daily Gulf News earlier quoted an unnamed official as saying the man was a Canadian doctor of Pakistani origin, who had gone to a hospital in the city of Al Ain to be tested for his flu symptoms.

In the Gulf state of Kuwait, a logistics base for the U.S. military for neighboring Iraq, an official said on Sunday that 18 U.S. soldiers had H1N1 flu, the first cases in the Gulf Arab oil-exporting region.

The flu has killed 86 people and infected more than 11,000 in 43 countries.

Reporting by Firouz Sedarat; Editing by Charles Dick

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