Cuba Keeps Close Tabs on Swine Flu

HAVANA TIMES, May 15 — The Cuban Public Health Ministry reported on Thursday that two additional cases of Swine the A (H1N1) virus were confirmed on the island, both foreign medical students, as the only other documented case.

The two young Mexican students were part of a group of 15 that have been under observation after returning from vacations in their country. Of that total 11, have returned to their studies and four remain hospitalized and are responding favorably, said the authorities.

All 15 students have received anti-viral treatment with the drug known as Oseltamivir, and there have been no adverse reactions, states the Health Ministry.

The official note adds that controls have been stepped up at airports and sea ports as well as epidemiological vigilance throughout the county at the different health units.

To date the new flu virus has a presence in 34 countries and as of Thursday night the World Health Organization said 7,412 cases of H1N1 flu have been reported worldwide with 4,298 in the United States.