South Africa and Macau have reported their first cases of the H1N1 swine flu.
Health Officials in South Africa say a 12-year-old boy who arrived from
the United States tested positive for the virus. The officials say the
boy was hospitalized but has since been released.
Meanwhile, a government spokeswoman in the Chinese-ruled territory of Macau says a Filipino man who arrived Wednesday has tested positive for swine flu.
Thailand is reporting a sizable increase in swine flu cases. Health
officials have confirmed 113 new cases cases, bringing the country's
total to more than 500.
Meanwhile, a Spanish cruise ship hit by a small swine flu outbreak is
now headed to Aruba. Venezuelan authorities had initially planned to
quarantine the ship after three crew members tested positive for the
The latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO)
show the virus has infected more than 39,000 people globally and is
responsible for at least 167 deaths. The findings from WHO were last
Earlier this month, WHO declared swine flu to be a global pandemic. A
pandemic does not refer to the severity of a disease, but means it has
spread to a large number of countries.