May 29, 2009 / 4:28 PM / 9 years ago

Hungary confirms first H1N1 flu case

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary has identified its first confirmed case of the new H1N1 flu, Chief Medical Officer Ferenc Falus said on Friday.

“It is a Brazilian citizen who arrived in Budapest from New York a few days ago,” Falus told Reuters, without giving further details.

The young man, who lives in New York and came to Hungary as a tourist, fell ill in the northern Hungarian city Eger but has since recovered, Health Minister Tamas Szekely told the national news agency MTI.

His first test in the local hospital was negative but further checks at the National Center for Epidemiology identified the H1N1 virus, he said.

“(The authorities) have taken up the contact with him to get help in finding those persons whom he met while he was infected,” Szekely was quoted as saying.

Falus said the man remained in Hungary.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said early on Friday that more than 15,500 cases of the new H1N1 flu had been reported in the world including 99 deaths, most of them in Mexico.

Reporting by Sandor Peto; editing by Michael Roddy

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