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Five confirmed cases of H1N1 in Haiti

ANSE-A-PITRE, Haiti (defend.ht) - In the South-East border town of Anse-à-Pitre, laboratory tests have confirmed that five individuals contracted the H1N1 influenza that first appeared in the Dominican Republic where 15 have died in the past two weeks. As well, the ban on Dominican poultry products was partially lifted.

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ANSE-A-PITRE, Haiti (defend.ht) - In the South-East border town of Anse-à-Pitre, laboratory tests have confirmed that five individuals contracted the H1N1 influenza that first appeared in the Dominican Republic where 15 have died in the past two weeks. As well, the ban on Dominican poultry products was partially lifted.

Five specimens were sent to a laboratory in the Caribbean and the MSPP received the results in less than 24 hours to confirm the suspicions.

The Minister of Public Health and Population, Dr. Florence Duperval Guillaume, said the analysis of the Karpha laboratory in Trinidad and Tobago testified that the specimens were of the H1N1 virus.

The five individuals continue to be quarantined and under medical supervision of the state.

These patients come from three different locations in the South-East Department. Minister Guillaume said one is a child of 13 months, three are adolescents aged around 6 years and another a young woman of 25 years. The minister said that the situation remains under control.

At the Customs and airports, border areas particularly, monitoring is required. According to Dr. Guillaume, multipurpose community health agents are mobilized for the purpose of identifying potential suspects.

Also according to the Minister, 5000 treatment kits have been made ​​available to the Department and will shortly be distributed to the various departmental offices of the country.

The Minister was speaking at the Hotel Montana later where she invited the public to take preventive measures.

"Do not cough in the open air, but in a tissue or shoulder or elbow, wash your hands often with soap and water, stay home if you cough and in the case of high fever or respiratory problems, go to a health center... influenza A (H1N1) virus can only be transmitted from person to person. It is a human flu..."

With that, the Minister of Health said a ban placed on Dominican poultry products and meats would be lifted but only in part. A council of ministers meeting will decide whether a full lifting of the ban will be the case.

According to the pediatrician, the two countries must first sign a memorandum of agreement to regulate and control the trade, protect poultry breeding in the two neighboring countries.

"The ban was a precautionary measure. It was not a country to quarantine, but it was to protect the two countries to avoid the increase in viral load..."

Dr. Jean Luc Poncelet, a member of the Pan American and World Health Organizations (PAHO/WHO) in Haiti, congratulated the Ministry of Health for taking serious preventive measures to prevent. Poncelet stressed that those measures were very effective and inexpensive.

According to the Minister of Public Health, the authorities are doing everything possible to continue to thwart any possible discovery of the flu in the country.

Airports and borders are controlled. Each person from the Dominican Republic to complete a form on his health. If a traveler has a symptom of the flu, he will be promptly taken care of.

Dr. Florence Guillaume Duperval, again, asked the public to respect the rules of hygiene to avoid catching the disease. It is advisable to cover your mouth and nose when coughing, preferably with a handkerchief or wash their hands regularly, especially after coughing, sneezing and spitting.

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