Updated: 04/20/2013 02:41

H7N9 health advisories to be distributed to travellers

H7N9 health advisories to be distributed to travellers

The Health Ministry (MOH) is taking additional measures in view of the rising number of reported cases of avian influenza A (H7N9) in China and that Singaporeans are likely to travel abroad during the upcoming school holidays. 

Individual Health Advisory Notices (HANs) will be distributed to travellers on flights returning from affected areas in China, starting from noon tomorrow at Changi Airport terminals. 

MOH said it is closely monitoring the avian influenza A (H7N9) situation in China and novel Coronavirus in the Middle East. 

The HANs, printed in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil, remind travellers to look out for signs and symptoms of flu, such as fever and cough, and seek early medical attention from any medical clinic if they are ill with such symptoms. 

MOH said individuals should inform their doctors of their travel history, particularly if they have been to areas in China (Anhui, Beijing, Henan, Jiangsu, Shanghai and Zhejiang) with reported cases of H7N9. 

The HAN also includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates where there are cases of novel Coronavirus. 

MOH said as of 18 April 2013, four Singaporeans who developed respiratory illness after returning from China were picked up by the public hospitals' enhanced vigilance and monitoring system. 

All four have since tested negative for H7N9. 

MOH said it will continue to maintain close contact with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its overseas counterparts to monitor the situation closely and ensure that public health is safeguarded. 

MOH reassured that public hospitals here have appropriate infection control measures in place. 

It said suspect cases are triaged at emergency departments and as a precaution, separated from non-suspect cases to minimise any risk of transmission.

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