Influenza A (H1N1) Swine Flu - Update
Case numbers in New Zealand remain stable, but strengthening the messages to
overseas travellers is being planned as the number of overseas cases being notified
to the World Health Organisation continue to increase.
New Zealand continues its efforts to contain the influenza A (H1N1) swine flu
virus and prevent community transmission.
There remains no evidence of community spread of the virus in New Zealand.
All of New Zealand’s cases had recently returned from travel in affected
areas or were close contacts of cases. But as more countries report cases and
more see local spread of the virus, it will become increasingly difficult to
keep influenza A (H1N1) out of New Zealand.
Health authorities are working closely with Tourism New Zealand to look at
ways of getting more information through to travellers arriving in New Zealand
over the winter.
Anyone who has recently travelled overseas and is ill with influenza symptoms
should phone their GP. Anyone who is unwell should not travel.
New Zealand situation
There are no new cases of Influenza A (H1N1) infection in New Zealand. The cumulative
total of known past infections remains at nine, with all cases fully recovered.
The cumulative total of past probable cases remains unchanged at 10.
There are currently 25 suspected cases (up from 19 yesterday).
The numbers of suspected cases fluctuate as more people with symptoms arriving
from affected areas are assessed (treated and isolated), and as laboratory testing
rules out some suspected cases.
There are ten people in isolation or quarantine and being treated with Tamiflu,
up from 7 yesterday. The numbers of people in isolation vary according to when
they complete 72 hours of the five-day course of Tamiflu.
International Update from the World Health Organisation
As of 06:00 GMT, 25 May 2009, 46 countries (up 3) have officially reported 12,515
(up 493) cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection, including 91 deaths (up 5).