Ecuadorian Health Minister Caroline Chang confirmed on Thursday four new cases of A/H1N1 flu in the country, which raised the number of confirmed cases to 35. Chang said at a press conference that of the four new cases, three are related with other confirmed cases and the other case is a female patient of 22 years old who arrived in the country from New York City on May 24.
Chang said that the increase of the A/H1N1 cases in Guayaquil was because the people have been in contact with infected patients and they are not fulfilling the house isolation.
To the moment the 35 confirmed cases receive anti viral medicine and all of them have had a good response, Chang said. Chang said that to the moment, the sanitary authorities have taken more than 500 samples of possible cases, form them 35 have been positive, seven of them were patients who were infected outside the country, mainly in US and the rest are friends or relatives of the patients.
Chang said that they have reinforced the health operatives in Guayas with epidemic vigilance brigades, house observations as well as lab analysis and research. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are 13,398 confirmed cases in 48 countries, including 95 deaths.