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    Default Has swine flu come to NZ?

    Second school group tested for influenza A
    Page 1 of 3 .... 12:46PM Monday Apr 27, 2009
    Martin Johnston and agencies

    Three more North Shore students have been tested for the influenza A virus after displaying flu-like symptoms, Health Minister Tony Ryall has said.

    School groups from Rangitoto and Northcote Colleges on the North Shore are being monitored for swine flu after visiting Mexico, where the strain of influenza A is believed to have killed scores of people.

    The World Health Organisation fears the new virus, a mix of human, pig and bird flu strains, has the potential to become a global pandemic. It jumped species, infecting more than 1000 people across Mexico and killing as many as 86; 20 deaths have been confirmed.

    On Sunday, 10 students from Rangitoto tested positive for influenza A and three students from Northcote College have since been been tested after showing signs of illness.

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    Default 56 suspected cases of swine flu in NZ

    Sick students recover as MFAT issues travel warning
    3:20PM Tuesday Apr 28, 2009
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    Anna Rooney from Hasting Girls College, Ryan Smyth and Damien Chin from Lindisfarne College showed flu like symptoms upon arrival at Auckland International Airport and were given masks to wear. Photo / Greg Bowker

    All but one of the Rangitoto College students suspected to have swine flu has recovered from their symptoms.

    Ten students from the school on Auckland's North Shore are awaiting results from Melbourne to tell them whether or not they have swine flu, after they tested positive for influenza A, which is linked to the new virus.

    Principal David Hodge says only one student who already suffers from asthma is still unwell. He says she is feeling uncomfortable and that is cause for concern, given the situation.

    Officials are investigating 56 cases of suspected swine flu, on top of the 10 Rangitoto College students, Health Minister Tony Ryall announced this morning.

    "There are 10 probable cases those are the Rangitoto cases plus an additional 56 people have presented with symptoms," he told a media conference in Wellington.

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    Swine flu: Positive result shock for student victim [The swine flu]
    Page 1 of 2 .... 4:00AM Wednesday Apr 29, 2009
    By Isaac Davison

    One of three confirmed New Zealand swine flu victims is shocked to have been diagnosed with the disease blamed for killing scores of people in Mexico.

    Rangitoto College student David Graham, 16, spoke to the Herald last night from home quarantine after health officials said that laboratory tests had confirmed three people have the disease.

    New Zealand is the sixth country in the world to have confirmed cases of the new swine influenza A virus.

    The virus has killed 152 people in Mexico and had infected nearly 2000.

    Cases are also confirmed in the US, Canada, Scotland and Spain.

    Samples from 10 people from Rangitoto College with influenza, who were part of a 25-person school group which returned from a trip to Mexico on Saturday, were sent to Melbourne for testing on Monday.

    An 11th person has tested positive for influenza A.

    The Melbourne laboratory analysed the four samples which were in the best condition for testing. Of those, three were positive and one is awaiting confirmation.

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    Two cleared of swine flu, four confirmed
    9:48AM Saturday May 02, 2009

    Health officials are relieved two people suspected of suffering swine flu who arrived in New Zealand before last Saturday, have been cleared.

    The latest tests from the World Health Organisation laboratories in Melbourne have confirmed another case of the virus, bringing New Zealand's total number of confirmed cases to four. The number of probable cases of swine flu now stands at 12 and there are 116 suspected cases.

    All of the confirmed cases arrived on the NZ1 flight last Saturday.

    Director of Public Health Dr Mark Jacobs says the good news is that two people who were thought to be probable cases and who arrived earlier have now been cleared. He says if it had turned out there had been undetected cases in the community for a longer period of time, there would be a higher possibility the infection had spread.

    Dr Jacobs says while the number of confirmed cases in New Zealand might be expected to rise, the number of suspected or probable cases could go either way.

    St John Ambulance is preparing to provide operational support during the swine flu outbreak.

    New Zealand is operating at a Code Yellow status as part of the Influenza Pandemic Action Plan, which means the ambulance service is in a planning and preparedness phase.

    Operations spokesman Andrew Cratchley says staff in communications centres have been briefed with extra questions to ask callers.

    "When people ring in and they have flu-like symptoms we have additional questions to ask, if those people have travelled abroad for example or been in contact with people who have travelled abroad."

    The World Health Organisation alert level is one step away from its highest level.

    - Newstalk ZB

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