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Same symptoms as swine flu

By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR (Palau Horizon, July 27, 2009) - The Ministry of Health on Wednesday announced that health officials seen 72 cases of influenza cases in the last four days.

Health Minister Dr. Stevenson Kuartei in President Johnson Toribiong’s press conference said that the 72 cases that they have encountered so far manifested the same symptoms of that of Influenza A (H1N1).

Dr. Selaima Lalabalavu, Director of the Bureau of Clinical Services said that influenza like illnesses is on the increase.

She however said that most cases are mild and that the ones who are admitted are those who have underlying illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Kuartei said since May the ministry has encountered 307 cases, 13 of those were confirmed cases of H1N1 determined through an off-island testing. These confirmed cases however have long recovered from the illness.

Kuartei added that today an alternative case site will open which is located at the old OEK building in Koror.

The site will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Mondays to Friday. He said there is a need for an isolated site to prevent the illness from spreading.

Dr. Lalabalavu reminded the community to take care of themselves because of the limited resources in the hospital.

The community is once again reminded to; wash your hands regularly with soap and water; use hand sanitizers or rubbing alcohol if soap and water are not available, cover coughs and sneezes with tissue and dispose of it properly; or, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve to prevent germs from spreading, avoid close contact with sick people and if you are sick with the flu, contact the 24-Hour Hotline (488-0555) for instructions. And remember to take precaution so you won’t spread it to other people.


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