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Cablegate: First Laboratory-Confirmed Case of H1ni in Drc Is Expatriate

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SUBJECT: First laboratory-confirmed case of H1NI in DRC is expatriate
worker for U.S. company

1. The first laboratory-confirmed case of H1N1 in the Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC or Congo Kinshasa) has been identified in
the southeastern region of Katanga province. The case was an
expatriate working for the Tenke-Fungurume Mining Company (DRC
affiliate of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, which merged in 2007
merged with Phelps Dodge), who had recently returned from a
business trip in South Africa. The patient was immediately sent to
the hospital for treatment, and his condition has improved. The
National Influenza Center of the DRC's analyzed 1,583 samples
potentially infected with H1N1 by real-time PCR (RT-PCR) in 2009,
of which 342 samples were positive for H1N1. August-December 2009
constituted the pandemic period in DRC, and during this time the
National Influenza Center received and analyzed 966 samples, 290 of
which were positive for H1N1.

2. Non-governmental organizations and the DRC Ministry of Health
(MOH) pooled their efforts in order to respond to the outbreak. A
meeting of MOH leadership from all member countries of the Economic
Community of Central African States (CEEAC) convened in Kinshasa
during the outbreak to discuss strategies for combating H1N1. MOH
leadership from member countries reinforced and supported their own
national influenza committees in order to control the spread.

3. Embassy Kinshasa is closely following this epidemic. The Center
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based in DRC supported the
DRC MOH through financial and technical assistance. The Global
Influenza Surveillance Network (GISN) continues monitoring the
global circulation of influenza viruses, including pandemic,
seasonal and other influenza viruses infecting.
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