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THE World Health Organization is testing two suspected cases of swine flu in Democratic Republic of Congo, the WHO's representative in the central African country said yesterday.

If H1N1 is confirmed, they would be the first cases of the new virus in Africa, where poorly funded health services are already struggling to cope with deadly illnesses such as a malaria and typhoid. One suspected victim works at Freeport-McMoRan's Tenke Fungurume in Katanga province, one of Congo's biggest mining projects.

"The suspected case from Katanga, it must be said clearly, is a strongly suspected case because this is a Chilean citizen who traveled from the American continent," the WHO's Matthieu Kamwa said. "He flew on a plane from a region where we have had confirmed cases and it is believed that a confirmed case was a co-passenger."


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