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Swine flu spreads in Botswana

Wednesday July 29 2009

By WENE OWINO, NATION Correspondent

GABORONE, Wednesday

Swine flu (H1N1) has spread to Botswana’s second city of Francistown, health authorities reported on Tuesday.

A spokesman for Nyangabwe Referral Hospital in Francistown Mr Caiphus Gabana said that out of eight suspected cases, one has been confirmed to be Swine Flu. By Tuesday, the hospital was still waiting for the test results of the other patients to come back from South African laboratories.

Mr Gabana told the government owned Botswana Press Agency (BOPA) that one of the suspected cases in a South African who is critically ill at Nyangabwe. Another patient whose condition is stable has been admitted at Ntshe Clinic, which has been reserved to deal exclusively with Swine Flu cases in Francistown.

The confirmed Swine Flu patient in Francistown is a Motswana man. He has been admitted at Nyangabwe in an isolation ward for treatment. Four other patients in Francistown have been released to wait for tests results at home.

Botswana reported its first case of Swine Flu, on July 10 in the capital Gaborone. Since then more cases have been reported in the city after tests in South Africa. A clinic in Gaborone’s Block Eight residential area on the way to Sir Seretse Khama International Airport has been set aside to deal exclusively with Swine Flu cases.