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The Ministry of Health is refuting reports carried in the media on Wednesday (June 10) that there are four confirmed cases of Influenza A (H1N1) at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).
The Ministry would like to point out that only laboratory tests can determine whether samples are positive for Influenza A (H1N1). Test results are sent directly to the Ministry of Health and not to hospitals.
It is standard practice that hospital staff wear protective gear when dealing with patients suspected to have any infectious disease, and that applies to suspected cases of Influenza A (H1N1). Suspected cases fit a specific definition which includes persons presenting with flu like symptoms, who may have a travel history to places affected by Influenza A (H1N1) at least two weeks before presenting with the symptoms.
Such persons are isolated as a precautionary measure, as is the case with anyone who is suspected of having an infectious disease. The Ministry of Health assures members of the public that it will continue to provide information about Influenza A (H1N1).

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