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Government health advice on Influenza A virus (H1N1)

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Latest WHO swine flu mapAlthough the World Health Organisation declared that the Influenza A virus (H1N1) is at a Pandemic level, there was no restriction made on travel between countries.

Given the fact that the virus has now been spread to more than 100 countries around the world, the Division of Health feels that it should once again remind all those who will be travelling on the precautionary measures that are recommended.

The flu spreads from person to person through coughing or sneezing, or through direct or indirect contact with respiratory secretions of infectious persons.You can reduce the risk of spreading the flu by taking certain precautions such as washing hands, covering mouth and nose with a tissue whenever coughing or sneezing. One should also avoid possible locations or close contact with persons that may be diseased.

If feeling unwell while abroad request the visit of a doctor. Nobody should take the drug Tamiflu if not on prescription from a physician

Symptoms of Influenza A H1N1 may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, joint pain, headache, chills and fatigue.

If one develops a fever of over 37.5 ° C (100 ° F) and symptoms of influenza within seven days of visiiting an area affected by inlfuenza A (H1N1) then they should speak to a doctor or phone on 2132 4086.

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