School closes after student contracts Mexican flu

Two more cases of infection with the new H1N1 flu virus have been confirmed in Belgium. One is a 30-years old man from Brussels and the other is a 10 year old boy from Tervuren. The total number of cases in Belgium is 10.
Both victims were recently in the United States. The 30 year old man from Brussels was admitted to the quarantine section of the Sint-Pieters Hospital in Brussels Thursday evening.
The 10 year old boy from Tervuren (near Brussels) came down with flu symptoms on Wednesday after returning home form the United States with his family on Sunday. The boy's school in Moorsel, a borough of Tervuren, has decided to remain closed until June 2.

The boy's classmates and teachers have been given anti-viral medicine. The other students and their parents have been informed of the situation and have been given information on warning signs to watch for.

"This is an excellent school," says virologist and head of the Influenza Commission Marc Van Ranst. "The teachers were busy until well into the night yesterday contacting the parents of all the students and informing them of the situation. If they could not get the family on the telephone the teachers went by the house."

The 30-year old man from Brussels only came into contact with one other person since he returned from the United States.

13.401 cases of infection in 48 countries, 95 deaths

Country Cumulative total:
  • Argentina 19
  • Australia 39
  • Austria 1
  • Bahrain 1
  • Belgium 10
  • Brazil 9
  • Canada 921, 1 death
  • Chile 86
  • China 22
  • Colombia 16
  • Costa Rica 33, 1 death
  • Cuba 4
  • Denmark 1
  • Ecuador 28
  • El Salvador 11
  • Finland 2
  • France 16
  • Germany 17
  • Greece 1
  • Guatemala 5
  • Honduras 1
  • Iceland 1
  • India 1
  • Ireland 1
  • Israel 9
  • Italy 23
  • Japan 360
  • Korea, Republic of 21
  • Kuwait 18
  • Malaysia 2
  • Mexico 4541, 83 deaths
  • Netherlands 3 
  • New Zealand 9
  • Norway 4
  • Panama 76 
  • Peru 27
  • Philippines 2
  • Poland 3
  • Portugal 1
  • Russia 2
  • Singapore 1
  • Spain 138
  • Sweden 3
  • Switzerland 3
  • Thailand 2
  • Turkey 2
  • United Kingdom 137
  • United States of America 6764, 10 deaths
Grand Total: 13,401 infections and 95 deaths


Chinese Taipei has reported 4 confirmed cases of influenza A (H1N1) with 0 deaths. Cases from Chinese Taipei are included in the cumulative totals provided in the table above.