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Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Senator Aundre Franklin, is travelling to Mexico this week to participate in a high level meeting on ‘Learned Lessons from Influenza A (H1N1)’.
The invitation was extended by the Government of Mexico, in an effort to share information about the country’s experience with handling the outbreak of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus, which was first detected there.
The meeting will take place from July 2 – 3, 2009 in Cancun, and has as its major objective to provide countries with an opportunity to learn from the strategies and best practices which allow for responding to the global threat of Influenza A (H1N1). It is being jointly co-ordinated with the Governments of Canada and the United States.
Senator Franklin has been invited to speak in one of the Plenary sessions which will focus on the ‘Outlook of Other Affected Countries’. He will address participants about the Influenza A (H1N1) situation in Jamaica and the measures taken to prevent and control the virus.
As at Monday, June 29, 2009, Jamaica reported 32 confirmed cases of the virus with no deaths, while the World Health Organization reported a total of 70,893 cases worldwide with 311 deaths.

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