Monday, April 27, 2009

SWINE FLU OUTBREAK!

As luck (UN-luck is more like it) would have it there has been an outbreak of Swine Flu in Mexico, which is the country that you chose to hear about as our next featured "country of the month." We will post today with respect to the current outbreak of Swine Flu.

What the WHO is saying:
The World Health Organization has declared the swine flu outbreak in
North America a "public health emergency of international concern".
The decision means countries around the world will be asked to step up
reporting and surveillance of the disease implicated in dozens of
human deaths in Mexico and at least 40 non fatal cases in the USA. WHO
fears the outbreak could spread to other countries and is calling for
a coordinated response to contain it. more from WHO

What the CDC is saying:
CDC is working very closely with officials in states where human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) have been identified, as well as with health officials in Mexico, Canada and the World Health Organization. This includes deploying staff domestically and internationally to provide guidance and technical support. CDC has activated its Emergency Operations Center to coordinate this investigation. more from CDC

What Passport Health Suggests:
Use the common sense approach to avoiding swine flu:
  • Practice good basic hygiene in daily life
  • Avoid travel to regions where swine flu has been detected
  • Avoid large crowds and leave crowds if you observe someone who is symptomatic
  • If you are symptomatic, stay at home away from large crowds and your workplace
  • The wearing of a surgical mask is recommended when in areas where the Swine Flu has been detected and when traveling on airplanes
  • When you cough or sneeze, if you do not have a tissue available cough into your arm, not your hand. Use of hot water and soap and alcohol sanitizers are proven methods to avoid transmission of the virus.
  • If you are traveling to flu endemic areas and it has been more than 3-4 months since your last flu shot – it is recommended that you receive an additional immunization to boost your immune system.
Visit Passport Health on the web at www.passporthealthusa.com for more information.

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