May 6, 2009 / 12:40 PM / 10 years ago

Sweden confirms first case of H1N1 flu

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden’s public health authorities Wednesday confirmed the country’s first case of H1N1 flu, and said the individual, who recently returned from the United States, was now healthy.

The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control said tests showed a suspected case that had been under laboratory investigation for several days, was indeed the new flu.

“The earlier possible case in the Stockholm region has been confirmed,” the institute said in a statement.

The case is the second in the Nordic region. Denmark confirmed its first case on May 1.

A spokesman at Stockholm’s health authority said a Stockholm woman in her 50s, fell ill two days after returning from Chicago in the United States on April 25.

“She is healthy now. She feels absolutely fine,” said Ake Ortqvist, a spokesman at the authority.

People who had been in close contact with her have been receiving antiviral treatment.

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