MUSCAT – A new case of swine flu has been detected in Oman, taking the total number affected people in the country to four.
The H1N1 Follow Up and Management Committee said the latest patient was a British expatriate man returning here from the UK.
It said he showed symptoms of the disease upon his arrival and was investigated by the committee, adding that blood tests confirmed he suffered from H1N1.
The patient has been isolated at his home and provided with medication, it said. The committee added that his health condition is under observation and his family members were being closely monitored.
This is the fourth case of swine flu in Oman. The first three were Omani students returning from the US. All three have now completely recovered. The committee said it was following up the international situation of the pandemic, adding that priority had been accorded to early detection of cases among passengers arriving in the country.
Oman had set up the special committee within days of the outbreak of the disease in Mexico and the United States and designated the Al Nahdha Hospital here as the ‘isolation/quarantine centre’ for people detected with the virus. Also, all passengers arriving from affected countries are now checked for symptoms with a newly-installed thermal scanner at the Muscat Airport.