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The Ministry of Health is reminding persons who may be experiencing flu-like symptoms especially if they have travelled to Influenza A (H1N1) (Swine Flu) affected regions, to stay away from other persons and crowded areas.
Persons are also being reminded to contact their healthcare provider, the nearest health centre, hospital or the Ministry of Health if they have flu-like symptoms and have travelled to affected areas within the past 2 weeks.
There are still no confirmed cases of the virus in Jamaica, but persons are being asked to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves from possible infection.
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.
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 diarrhoea may also be experienced.

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