MOH releases statement on H7N9 following first reported case in Taiwan

PHOTO: MOH releases statement on H7N9 following first reported case in Taiwan

SINGAPORE - Hospitals in Singapore remain on heightened alert and are prepared for the possibility of the H7N9 virus hitting Singapore.


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Here is the press release from MOH:

The Ministry of Health notes that the Taiwan Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has confirmed the first case of H7N9 avian influenza on 24 April 2013. Our healthcare institutions remain on heightened alert and are prepared for the eventuality of a possible case, especially given today's globalised travel patterns.

As of Apr 24, there have been 7 individuals investigated for H7N9 who have all tested negative. MOH will continue to monitor the situation closely for further developments to ensure that public health is safeguarded.

Travellers to affected areas reporting H7N9 should continue to remain vigilant and observe measures recommended by the local health authorities, including:

  • Avoid direct contact with poultry, birds or their droppings, and if contact is made, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water;
  • Cook poultry and eggs thoroughly before eating;
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretion after coughing or sneezing);
  • Avoid crowded places and contact with sick people with fever;
  • and Wear a mask when you have respiratory symptoms or are feeling unwell.

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