17 Jun 2009
With many Singaporeans returning from their June holidays or coming home for their summer vacation from countries such as the US, UK and Australia, we can expect an increase in the number of imported cases of H1N1. This by itself is manageable provided every traveller closely follows the MOH travel advisory and personal hygiene advice. This includes not boarding the plane if feeling unwell. Should any traveller develop flu-like symptoms when onboard the plane, they are advised to seek immediate treatment upon arrival.
2. Today, Singapore has confirmed 17 new cases, all involving travellers returning from countries with known community transmission of H1N1. Some of the cases were individuals who proceeded with their travel and/or meetings and social activities despite having developed symptoms.
3. MOH will like to remind travellers, especially if they have recently been to countries that have been considered by WHO to have sustained community transmission or to be in transition towards community transmission, as well as countries that have been reported to have exported cases, not to engage in extensive community activities such as working, shopping and participating in mass activities until they are well. This will help mitigate the risk of community spread in Singapore and make our containment efforts more effective.
4. The details of the cases are summarised below:
5. Contact tracing is ongoing for the 17 cases. Passengers seated within two rows (from the front and back) on the respective flights who have not been contacted by MOH yet should call the MOH hotline at 1800-333 9999 to enable us to check on their health condition expeditiously. All close contacts identified will be quarantined and provided with antiviral prophylaxis.
Details of Confirmed Cases
6. The breakdown of the 66* cases is as follows:
65 cases were imported while 1 was a close contact.
7. So far, 25 patients have been discharged. The remaining 41 patients (22nd – 23rd, 25th - 28th, 31st - 32nd, 34th - 66th cases) are still in the hospital and their conditions remain stable.
Advisory to all travellers
8. For people who are planning to travel, they should check the MOH website for the latest update on the list of countries with confirmed cases of H1N1 so that they can make considered decisions on whether to proceed with their travel plans. 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.
Source : http://www.moh.gov.sg/mohcorp/pressreleases.aspx?id=22192