SITUATIONAL UPDATE INFLUENZA A (H1N1) – NO. 49
The Ministry of Health today reported that:
- 99 close contact of Influenza A H1N1 cases have completed their quarantine.
- 9 confirmed cases of Influenza A H1N1 have completed treatment or discharged from hospital.
- For the 120 cases that are still undergoing treatment, 85 percent are continuing treatment at their homes.
- 16 new cases of Influenza A H1N1 have been confirmed and source of infection is still being investigated.
The Ministry of Health continues to remind the public to practice good personal hygiene in order to control the spread of the disease through:
- Frequent hand washing using soap and water and drying hands using disposable napkins or electrical hand dryer.
- Use of disposable tissue paper containing alcohol or antimicrobial gel in the absence of a hand washing facility.
- Covering nose and mouth with tissue paper when coughing or sneezing and immediately throw the tissue paper away in the rubbish bin.
- Avoiding being with people who have symptoms of influenza.
- Avoiding going to crowded places.
The Ministry of Health also continues to remind the public that although Influenza A H1N1 infection has generally been reported as mild, it cause serious complications to pregnant mothers and patients with chronic diseases. Cooperation from the public, especially those visiting patients in the hospitals, is therefore sought to prevent the spread of the infection to the patients that they are visiting. The public are reminded to adhere to visiting regulations at all hospitals.
For general enquiries on Influenza A H1N1, the public can contact Healthline 145 during office hours or 8220991 outside working hours.