Cuba has reported its first confirmed case of the H1N1 flu that has sickened thousands of people around the world, the Public Health Ministry said on Monday. The infected person was a student from Mexico who had returned to Cuba after vacation. There were no details of the student’s condition. Cuba has tested more than five hundred people with flu symptoms for the virus, but so far there has been only one confirmed case. Those tested include 14 Mexican students, all of them studying in a Cuban medical school, but only the one case had been confirmed so far.
The Cuban government has taken a number of measures to prevent the flu virus from reaching the island, including banning flights from Mexico. It has stepped up medical vigilance at airports, ports and marinas and is tracking visitors who have recently been in Mexico.