12th Confirmed Case of Influenza A (H1N1-2009)

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12th Confirmed Case of Influenza A (H1N1-2009)

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.

Contact tracing is ongoing for the 12th confirmed case. MOH will provide
more information when it is available.

Advice from MOH

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.

– Wash hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water, especially before
touching the eyes, nose or mouth.
– Turn quickly away from anyone near if they are about to cough or sneeze.
– Cover the nose and mouth with a piece of tissue when coughing or sneezing.
Dispose of the tissue paper properly in the dust bin after use.

· 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.

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.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH
4 June 09
For media queries, please contact:
Mr Ng Swee Kang
Assistant Manager, Media Relations
Ministry of Health
DID: 6325 9008 Mobile: 9111 9326
Email: ng_swee_kang@moh.gov.sg

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