Peru confirms third swine flu infection
Tue, May 19, 2009

WASHINGTON - Peru's health authorities on Monday confirmed the country's third case of swine flu in a woman who flew in from the Dominican Republic, but said the patient is responding well to treatment.

Lima's Health Ministry declined to give the woman's nationality, but in a statement confirmed the case 'is the third imported case the new influenza H1N1 virus.'

Authorities insisted Peru has sufficient services at the ready 'to face any emergency related to this outbreak.'

The first case in this western South American nation was announced on May 14 in a 27-year-old Peruvian woman who arrived in Lima from New York on a commercial flight.

On Sunday the health ministry confirmed a second case of the virus in a patient just back from the United States who resides in the southern city of Arequipa.

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