Portugal Issues Swine Flu Alert
    2009-04-27 09:44:04     Xinhua      Web Editor: Xu Leiying
 
Portugal's health authorities said Sunday that there are no confirmed cases of swine flu in the country so far while the government is on alert for a "potential pandemic risk."

The General Health Directorate said Portugal has issued an alert asking residents experiencing symptoms like a swift increase in temperature, intense headache or muscular pain to see doctors and give samples for analysis, especially when they recently visited Mexico, Canada or the United States or had contact with people from those countries.

The directorate said there were no confirmed cases of swine flu so far in Portugal and local officials were asked to report to the National Health Agency immediately if a case was confirmed. Face masks have been recommended for health workers.

In Spain, Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez reported three patients hospitalized with swine flu symptoms. Up to Sunday, more than 1,300 suspected or confirmed cases were reported in 17 states in Mexico, 20 confirmed cases in the United States and six confirmed in Canada.
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