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11 Infected by Pig Flu

So far, eleven cases of the Swine Influenza have been detected in Icelanders. Since Friday, two more cases of the new influenza A (H1N1) have come up, mbl.is reports.

The Directorate of Health.

The most recent cases are a 19 year old woman, which fell ill upon her return from Mexico, and a 35 year old woman who was diagnosed upon her return from Australia. Neither of the two had serious symptoms and are both recovering, the Directorate of Health announces today on its website.

Chief Epidemiologist Haraldur Briem expects the number to continue rising. The man diagnosed with the virus in Friday is a thirty-year-old man. He has not been out of the country recently and neither has he any connections with others already diagnosed.

“This is a certain indication that the virus is slowly but surely spreading without our knowledge. We had anticipated this, since so many of those already diagnosed in Iceland did not experience obvious symptoms and in some cases sought medical care by sheer coincidence. It is therefore clear that we will not reach many of those infected.”

Briem explains that in order to get a more probably number of infected people in Iceland, the rule of thumb is to multiply the number of those diagnosed with 20.

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