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Japan confirms first domestic infection of new flu

JAPAN'S first domestic case of infection with the H1N1 strain of influenza A virus was confirmed today, the health ministry said.

The patient is a 17-year-old male high school student in Kobe city, Hyogo Prefecture, who has no record of overseas travel, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

The student's family members have shown no sign of symptoms of flu A/H1N1 infection.

It is the first confirmed case in the country after four patients were found infected at an airport after returning from the United States on May 8.

Two other senior high school students from the city -- one male and one female also with no record of overseas travel -- have also tested positive for the new flu in local laboratory tests, Kyodo News quoted the Kobe municipal government as saying.

The government's health watchdog is analyzing the specimens taken from them at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo.


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