MONDAY, JUNE 1: Dr. John Cann, chief medical officer, announced today that Bermuda has recorded its first case of Influenza A (H1N1).

The case involved a 13-year-old visitor to the Island who was seen in the Emergency Room at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital within the last two weeks, with symptoms suggestive of influenza. Appropriate diagnostic tests were collected; the boy was kept in isolation overnight and he was treated with an antiviral medication.

He was subsequently released to his parent's and was in voluntary isolation for a further 24-hour period.

A Public Health Nurse from the Department of Health monitored his status. As his clinical condition improved, he was released from isolation and allowed to travel back to his home where he continued to make a full recovery. No family contacts or other contacts developed any symptoms.

A laboratory specimen taken from the boy and forwarded to the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) has been reported as positive for Influenza A (H1N1).

There have been no other cases of Influenza A (H1N1) recorded on the Island.

The Department of Health has notified the appropriate international health authorities.