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RABAT, (Reuters) – Morocco has confirmed its first case of the H1N1 flu virus in a 18-year-old woman who had returned home from studying at a university in Canada, the North African country’s health ministry said on Friday.

The woman arrived on Wednesday at her home city of Fes on board a Royal Air Maroc flight via Casablanca from Montreal and showed the first symptoms, the ministry added in a statement.

“Results of (laboratory exams of a sample) have confirmed the existence of AH1N1 virus on the young woman, whose state of health is currently stable,” the ministry said.

Authorities were providing the required health care to the woman’s family and checking whether any of the passengers who were on the flights Montreal-Casablanca and Casablanca-Fes might be infected by the virus.

Hassan II Hospital in Fes, where the woman was being treated, said in a statement, “The woman, who is being treated over a five-day period, has shown signs of improvement in her health, namely her fever has dropped.”

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