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The Ministry of Health is urging members of the public to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves from any possible Influenza infection especially as they go to functions and other public gatherings over the holiday weekend.
Persons are being reminded to observe good hygiene practices to ensure that they are not infected with any form of the influenza virus. 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.
The Influenza A (H1N1) virus (formerly called Swine Flu) has not been detected in Jamaica, but all the MOH’s resources are on high alert. As at 6:00 GMT today, (Friday, May 22, 2009), the world health organization indicates that 42 countries have officially reported 11,168 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection, including 86 deaths.
The public can call The Ministry of Health’s toll free line to get information on the Influenza A (H1N1) virus. The number is 1-888-663-5683.