May 29, 2009 / 12:36 AM / in 10 years

Venezuela reports first confirmed H1N1 flu case

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela on Thursday reported its first confirmed case of H1N1 swine flu — a 22-year-old man who is thought to have contracted the illness on a trip to Panama.

The Health Ministry said the patient was at home and responding well to treatment. The ministry was running checks on 6 people who had been in close contact with the man and was monitoring 80 others who had traveled on the same plane.

Reporting by Enrique Pretel; editing by Mohammad Zargham

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