There has been an outbreak of swine flu fever in Kahama District, around Barricks Buzwagi Gold Mine in particular, forcing workers to restrict themselves in the mining site. Sources close to the mine said yesterday that at least four people had contracted the fever and were apparently under quarantine. On the other hand, district health officials confirmed the presence of at least 13 new cases of swine flu in the district. The sources further said that some of the people infected included senior managers at Buzwagi, claims which the Barrack Golds spokesperson Teweli Teweli dismissed. Teweli, who however confirmed the presence of some workers who had contracted the flu, disputed the figure of workers who had contracted the flu, saying it was only three, not four as stated by other sources. Only three were diagnosed and found with swine flu. They are now under quarantine at the Buzwagi dispensary, he said, adding that one of them was an Australian and the rest were South Africans. We have communicated with the Kahama District Medical Officer on the matter, but the patients are still at our dispensary because it has the capacity to handle the fever, he said. Kahama DMO Dr. Leonard Subi when reached for comment confirmed about the swine flu outbreak, saying that at least 13 people had been infected. He said they were sending a team of experts from the district headquarters for collecting samples that would be sent to Dar es Salaam for verification. We are monitoring closely the situation and we have already sent medicines to those who have been infected, said the DMO, assuring that his office would do all that it takes to prevent the flu from spreading further to the surrounding villages.