Health Ministry gives tips to prevent H1N1 infection


February 19, 2016
Indians cover their faces with masks as preventive measure against swine flu at the Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad, in the southern Indian state of Telangana.

The Ministry of Health is reporting that Influenza

viruses. including cases of Influenza A(H1N1) have been detected through its surveillance system and continue to circulate among the population.

Therefore, Chief Medical Officer Dr Winston De La Haye is urging persons to take steps to protect themselves and their families from being infected with these viruses.

"We are now in the flu season when we generally see an increase in the number of influenza cases among the population. Persons, therefore, have to be extra cautious in terms of preventing themselves from becoming infected and also from transferring infection to others by observing good hygiene practices," De La Haye said.

In a release sent to THE WEEKEND STAR, the ministry said that persons should take precautions such as cleaning hands frequently with soap and water; covering the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing; controlling the spread of germs by avoiding touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with dirty hands; avoiding contact with persons with flu-like symptoms; and avoiding intimate contact, including hand shaking and kissing.

Influenza is a viral respiratory illness that has symptoms, including fever, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, headache, and body aches and fatigue. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea may also be experienced.

As part of the ministry's surveillance system, samples from public health facilities are routinely sent for testing to the National Influenza Centre, which is located at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

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