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The Ministry of Health is assuring members of the public that it will provide guidance at every stage as it relates to the Influenza A (H1N1) virus, formerly called Swine Flu and will inform all sectors of any changes to the status quo locally, and internationally, guided by the World Health Organisation.
Persons are being advised to stay informed by paying attention to MOH information on the Influenza A (H1N1) virus.
The MOH is urging continued vigilance to protect against any possible spread of Influenza A (H1N1). There is still no evidence of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus in Jamaica, however in light of the rapid spread of the virus in other parts of the world, persons are being urged to ensure that they observe the precautionary measures to protect themselves and others.
These include frequent hand washing with soap and water, covering mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, avoiding contact with persons with flu-like symptoms and avoiding intimate contact including hand shaking and kissing.
Anyone with flu-like symptoms should contact their healthcare provider, the nearest health centre, hospital or the Ministry of Health immediately.
As at 6:00 GMT, this morning (Monday, May 11, 2009), the World Health organization states that thirty countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases of the Influenza A (H1N1), with four countries reporting deaths associated with the virus. Mexico has reported 1626 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 48 deaths. The United States has reported 2532 laboratory confirmed human cases, including three deaths. Canada has reported 284 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Costa Rica has reported eight laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.
The remaining countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths. They are: Argentina (1), Australia (1), Austria (1), Brazil (8), China (2, comprising 1 in China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and 1 in mainland China), Colombia (3), Denmark (1), El Salvador (4), France (13), Germany (11), Guatemala (1), Ireland (1), Israel (7), Italy (9), Japan (4), Netherlands (3), New Zealand (7), Norway (2), Panama (15), Poland (1), Portugal (1), Republic of Korea (3), Spain (95), Sweden (2), Switzerland (1) and the United Kingdom (47).
The MOH is continuing its heightened surveillance and monitoring at the nation’s ports to prevent any possible spread of the virus in the island.
For information about the Influenza A (H1N1) virus members of the public can call the Ministry of Health’s toll free line at 1-888-663-5683.
Influenza A (H1N1) is a respiratory illness that is caused by the Influenza A virus. It is transmitted by human to human contact. The symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, headache and body aches and fatigue. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also be experienced.

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