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There have still not been any confirmed cases of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus detected in Jamaica. According to information provided by the Ministry of Health, technical teams have been undertaking increased monitoring and surveillance, and have tested several person, all of which have so far come back negative.
The Ministry of Health remains on high alert and has been in constant contact with its local and international partners.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation’s level of influenza pandemic alert remains at 5. This means that there is widespread human to human transmission, and a pandemic is imminent.
In light of this rapid spread in other countries, persons are being advised to take all the necessary precautions to prevent any possible influenza virus infection.
These are:1. Frequent hand washing with soap and water2. Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing3. Avoid contact with persons with flu-like symptoms4. Avoid intimate contact including hand shaking, kissing and hugging
Persons experiencing flu-like symptoms are being advised to drink lots of fluids and to rest until the symptoms are completely gone. They should also take regular influenza medication. If the symptoms persist or get worse, persons should contact their healthcare provider.
The public can also call the Ministry of Health’s toll free line at 1-888-663-5683 to get information on the Influenza A (H1N1) virus.
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 diarrhea may also be experienced.

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