Two H1N1 cases confirmed at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

Two cases of the H1N1 Influenza Virus were confirmed Thursday by the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Infectious Disease Laboratory and four more cases are "probable."

The cases involve military patients who were sharing a common area at Landstuhl. With exception of a patient who arrived from Italy on May 26, none had traveled outside of Germany in the past two weeks.

Each patient has responded to treatment with Tamiflu, according to Europe Regional Medical Command infectious disease and preventive medicine consultants at Landstuhl.

The two confirmed cases are the first among U.S. military personnel in Europe.

The United States European Command Web site has links to Department of Defense Department of Defense global H1N1 surveillance information, as well as links to current information from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"There is presently no indication of H1N1 cases outside of this small group," said ERMC Preventive Medicine Consultant Col. Evelyn Barraza.

Barraza said U.S. military infectious disease experts are examining the circumstances of the cases to identify the source.

She said U.S. military community members should continue to follow preventive guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and seek medical advice or treatment as needed.

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