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Influenza A H1N1 News Update 8th July 2009

7-8-2009 6-58-27 PM

Preliminary analysis on cases of Influenza A H1N1 by the Ministry of Health have found that approximately 40 percent of cases started to show symptoms of the disease within 3 days of infection and more than 80 percent having 2 or more symptoms. In view of the current situation in the country and the high infectivity of Influenza A (H1N1), it is expected that the infection will continue to be detected in the country for some time.
Members of the public with symptoms of Influenza A H1N1 who have sought medical attention and undergone virological testing for Influenza A H1N1 are advised:

  • Not to leave their homes and must isolate themselves from other family members and friends until the results of the virological testing have been obtained and they have recovered.

  • To wear suitable mask to prevent the spread of the infection to other people.

Those who have been confirmed with Influenza A H1N1 will be given treatment as soon as possible and their close contacts will also be given treatment to prevent the infection. Although the vaccine to prevent Influenza A H1N1 infection is still not available, the current anti-virals have been proven effective to treat and prevent the infection, especially if early treatment is given. The Ministry of Health will continue to ensure sufficient supply of medications for the infection is available.
Meanwhile, at 4pm today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed 33 new cases of Influenza A (H1N1), bringing the total in the country to 207 cases. Investigations of the 10 cases reported on 7 July 2009 have found that 5 cases have history of travel whilst 5 other cases are local cases or cases where the infection occurred in the country.
For general enquiries on Influenza A H1N1, the public can contact Healthline 145 during office hours or 8220991 outside working hours.

Source: Ministry Of Health

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