04 Jun 2009
Singapore has confirmed its 12th case of Influenza A (H1N1-2009). The patient is an 18-year-old Singaporean male. He went to Melbourne on 16 May and returned to Singapore on Emirates EK405 on 1 June at 2350 hours. He was seated at row 18. He was sent to TTSH ED at about 12 noon today by ambulance via 993. Laboratory results confirmed his infection at 1925 hours on 4 June and he was admitted to the Communicable Disease Centre.
2 Contact tracing is ongoing for the 12th confirmed case. MOH will provide more information when it is available.
Advice from MOH
3 MOH advises the public to avoid non-essential travel to these affected areas (Melbourne and the State of Victoria in Australia, Kobe and Osaka in Japan and Chile, USA, Canada and Mexico). Should they become unwell within 7 days of their return from affected areas, they should seek medical attention promptly and call 993 for an ambulance. They should avoid taking public transport or taxi to minimise exposure. For people who are unable to avoid travelling to affected areas, they should:
• Avoid crowded areas and contact with anyone who appears unwell.
• Maintain high standards of personal hygiene at all times.
• MOH also advised travellers to see a doctor as soon as possible if they feel unwell overseas and refrain from travelling until certified fit by the doctor.
4 MOH is monitoring the situation closely and will update the public on any new developments. For more information on Influenza A (H1N1-2009), please access MOH’s website at www.moh.gov.sg, call our hotline at 1800-333 9999, or visit www.flu.gov.sg.