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The Ministry of Health is advising that arriving passengers from countries, which have reported cases of Influenza A (H1N1) will be provided with health alert cards, interviewed, and samples taken from them if necessary. This is part of the Ministry’s heightened surveillance and monitoring system. The MOH is still not recommending travel restrictions and will follow the guidelines of the World Health Organisation in this regard.
The WHO has asked individuals who are ill to delay travel plans and returning travelers who fall ill should seek appropriate medical care. It has however not recommended that any borders be closed or that travel be restricted from any area.
Director, Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse, is meanwhile, appealing to persons in Jamaica to postpone non-essential travel to countries affected by the influenza A (H1N1) virus.
“If you do not really need to go to the countries or areas in countries where cases have been reported, then we are recommending that persons postpone or delay their travel,” she advised.