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Swine Flu Sufferer Recovers
May 20, 2009   
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The first person in Poland to come down with swine flu, a 58-year-old woman from the southeastern city of Tarnobrzeg who returned from the United States in early May, has fully recovered and was released from an infectious diseases hospital ward in Mielec, Podkarpacie province, May 11. This is the only known case of swine flu in Poland so far.

"The patient is not taking any medication because she no longer needs it," said the Mielec hospital's spokeswoman Aneta Dyka-Urbańska. "She is supposed to have a check-up in a week's time, but only as a preventive measure."

The woman landed in the hospital May 5 after she had complained of high fever and flu-like symptoms for a few days. After doctors found she had contracted the A/H1N1 virus she was administered antiviral drug Tamiflu. The woman's husband and two adult sons were also taken to the infectious diseases ward for observation. The men were discharged after a few days when it became clear that they had not contracted the virus.

The woman, who lives in Tarnobrzeg in southeastern Poland, arrived in the country May 2 from New York. During the trip, aboard a LOT Polish Airlines plane, she did not show any clinical flu symptoms. No infection has been reported among other passengers and crew members. All of them have been identified and contacted by doctors.

Health minister Ewa Kopacz, who had visited the patient in the Mielec hospital, said Poland was prepared to deal with a rise in the number of swine flu cases. However, experts say an outbreak of a swine flu epidemic in this country is unlikely.

The symptoms of swine flu in humans are similar to those of seasonal influenza and include chills, fever, coughing, weakness, muscle pains, and lack of appetite. Some people may also have sore throat, nausea, runny nose, vomiting and diarrhea. Vaccines for preventing seasonal influenza may not fully protect the patient from swine flu.
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