Date Published: 28 April 2009
Mexican Swine Influenza - Update
Negative test results have been returned for three individuals who returned to New Zealand from travel to Mexico as part of a school trip from Northcote College. The three were part of a party of 18 from the school who returned to New Zealand on Air New Zealand flight NZ5 arriving in Auckland at 6.30am Saturday morning (25 April).
These three people were found to have mild flu like symptoms and they and their families have been treated with anti-viral medicine (tamiflu) and have been asked to stay at home. They have since been tested and found negative for influenza type A. This testing is considered an important preliminary step in screening for swine flu ? the disease currently causing illness and deaths in Mexico. The families affected were notified of the results last night.
Auckland public health staff are continuing to meet and screen passengers arriving in Auckland travelling from Mexico and the Americas. Public health staff are also continuing to contact trace individuals on two Air New Zealand flights that arrived in New Zealand on Saturday from Los Angeles ? NZ1 and NZ5.
Further updates and developments will be provided by the Ministry of Health throughout the day. This information was released by Ministry of Health National Emergency Planning Coordinator, Steve Brazier.