Man recently returned from Mexico is the first person in Ireland to be diagnosed with swine flu.

The swine flu virus was detected in an adult male who had recently returned to Ireland from Mexico, where influenza A (H1N1) had originated before spreading around the world in a global pandemic.

At a news conference, Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health and Dr Kevin Kelleher, Assistant National Director of Health Protection at the HSE, describe the treatment and protocols put in place.

Mary Harney, Minister for Health and Children, says that people should not panic. There is a stockpile of antivirals and medical expertise in the country.

An RTÉ News report broadcast 30 April 2009. The reporter is Fergal Bowers. 

Health Officials, Swine Flu Pandemic 2009