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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other experts have rejected a report that a new strain of the novel H1N1 influenza virus has been identified in a Brazilian patient.
Scientists at Adolfo Lutz Bacteriological Institute in Sao Paolo said they found the new strain in a local patient who has recovered, according to a Medical News Today (MNT) report, which was based on information from the institute and Agence France-Presse.
15 August 2009
Pandemic Influenza (H1N1) 09 Swine Flu - Update 135
The total number of confirmed cases of Pandemic Influenza (H1N1) 09 swine flu is 3038, up from 3034 yesterday.
These are people who have returned a laboratory positive test for pandemic influenza (H1N1) 09. The actual number of cases of Pandemic Influenza (H1N1) 09 will be significantly higher, as only a small proportion of people with symptoms are being tested to better inform their treatment. This is because for most people, it's a mild illness and they will recover readily at home without needing medical treatment.
The Ministry of Health is considering reducing New Zealand's swine flu alert level because the number of new cases is falling.
"It's basically a de-escalation," deputy director of public health Dr Fran McGrath said yesterday.