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Bali Remains Free of H1N1 Virus

Dutch Tourist Hospitalized in Bali Declared Free of Swine Flu Virus.

(5/16/2009) The 32-two-year-old Dutch woman isolated at Denpasar's Sanglah Hospital with the suspected H1N1 virus after arriving on the island on Sunday, May 10, 2009, has now been officially cleared as not suffering from disease, otherwise known as "Swine Flu."

Doctors at Sanglah General Hospital have confirmed via laboratory tests performed on Michele Van Dorsen that the woman was, in fact, suffering from a severe sore throat and did not represent a contagious threat to public health.

As a result, the woman was released from the isolation wing of the hospital on Tuesday and May 12th and allowed to resume her previously planned Bali holiday.

Dr. Ken Wirasandhi, the head of the Medical Service team at Sanglah Hospital told the press that both clinical observations and laboratory tests performed via throat swabs conclusively confirmed that the Dutch tourist was free of the H1N1 virus.

In accordance with national legislation on combating communicable disease, Ms. Van Dorsen was treated in Indonesia without charge.

With the confirmation from health authorities that the Dutch tourist was not a victim of the H1N1 virus, Bali remains free of the diseases.

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