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Enhanced surveillance at Control Points to prevent Swine Flu

     A spokesman for the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (April 26) said surveillance measures at boundary control points had been stepped up to detect travellers with fever and respiratory symptoms and coming from places where cases of human infection of Swine Influenza were reported.

     The spokesman said airlines had been asked to broadcast health advice messages on all direct flights coming from the affected places.

     ˇ§Passengers with respiratory symptoms are urged to approach Port Health officers at the Airport for follow-up investigations,ˇ¨ the spokesman said.

     Meanwhile, people traveling to the affected places should take precautionary measures.  These measures include avoiding contact with sick people; avoiding touching oneˇ¦s eyes, nose or mouth; wash hands frequently with soap and water or apply alcohol-based hand cleaners.

     They were also advised to bring along surgical masks for use whenever appropriate, the spokesman said.

     ˇ§People who develop respiratory illness within 7 days after returning from the affected places should put on a surgical mask and seek medical consultation from public clinics and hospitals immediately,ˇ¨ the spokesman said.

Ends/Sunday, April 26, 2009
Issued at HKT 11:24


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