July 23, 2009 / 6:26 AM / 9 years ago

Kazakhstan reports first H1N1 cases

ALMATY/ASTANA (Reuters) - Kazakhstan Thursday reported its first H1N1 flu cases, saying three youths had been diagnosed with the virus after returning from the British capital while three others were being tested.

“Three people have been confirmed to have it (H1N1),” Vitaly Sheyanov, a senior healthcare official, told Reuters.

Zhandarbek Bekshin, another senior healthcare official from the Kazakh capital Astana, said later Thursday six children aged between 12 and 15 felt unwell earlier this week after returning from London where they had spent a month.

“...Three others are being tested,” Bekshin told reporters. “We will have the results tomorrow.”

He said two of the confirmed victims were in a hospital in a relatively serious condition while one was being treated at home, suffering from a lighter form of the disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said earlier this week that the global H1N1 death toll had risen to more than 700, up on the previous total of 429 two weeks earlier, and that the flu was the fastest-moving pandemic ever.

Reporting by Masha Gordeyeva in Almaty and Raushan Nurshayeva in Astana; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov

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