MUSCAT - Three Omani students have been found to be infected with H1N1 influenza in the first such outbreak of the pandemic in the Sultanate, the Ministry of Health announced here yesterday. In a statement to Oman News Agency, a ministry official said the students had arrived from the United States, where they are currently studying.
He said the students were tested after the ministry was alerted that other members of the group returning with them from the US had contracted the disease when they arrived in neighbouring GCC countries. Samples were collected from them when they arrived in Oman on June 13 via one of the GCC airports, he added.
"The H1N1 Control and Follow-up Committee has taken all appropriate measures including dispensing medications for the patients whose condition is now stable. There is no need to transfer them to hospital. They were advised to stay at home till they fully recover. cted from their families and their status is being followed up every now and then," the official further added.
"H1N1 patients will not be transferred to hospital unless their medical situation is severe," he stated. According to WHO statistics, H1N1 cases in the Eastern Mediterranean region stands at 100 in 11 countries as of yesterday. With the discovery of the first three cases in Oman, the Sultanate becomes the 12th country to join this list.