Monday, May 25, 2009

U.S. soldiers affected with A/H1N1 flu leave Kuwait

BEIJING, May 25 (Xinhuanet) -- Eighteen U.S. soldiers infected with A/H1N1 virus left a military base in Kuwait Sunday after necessary treatment.

"All the 18 soldiers have left Kuwait," the deputy chief of Kuwait's public health department, Yussef Mendkar said, adding "they had normal symptoms of the disease and were given the necessary medication."

Kuwaiti authorities confirmed that the soldiers came from the United States, adding that the troops had no contact with the local population and were treated at U.S. military facilities.

The cases are the first to be reported from the Gulf region since the A/H1N1 influenza outbreak began last month in Mexico.


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