Advisory Notice Regarding Latest Information Concerning H1N1 Influenza

20 May 2009 8:29 PM | Deleted user

 

The Australian Embassy in Tokyo has released the following bulletin:

This is an ad hoc bulletin to advise Australians of the latest information concerning H1N1 Influenza.

On 18 May, the Japanese government confirmed that a domestic outbreak of H1N1 influenza had occurred in Japan.  The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare confirmed that the number of cases in Japan had increased, reaching 159 on 19 May.  The outbreak appeared to be concentrated in the Osaka and Hyogo prefectures.  Newspapers such as the Daily Yomuiri have reported that several thousand educational facilities have been closed in the Osaka and Hyogo prefectures.  Some businesses have also asked their employees to stay at home.

No confirmed cases have been reported in Tokyo but the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has established a Headquarters for Infectious Disease Control.

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare advised on 19 May that so far, symptoms among those infected have been mild and many are recovering.  

To find out more information about H1N1 Influenza symptoms please refer to the following link: http://www.mhlw.go.jp/bunya/kenkou/kekkaku-kansenshou04/inful_what.html#inful_05   For non-Japanese speakers, more information can be found from the Australian Department of Health and Ageing:  
http://www.healthemergency.gov.au/internet/healthemergency/publishing.nsf

If you think that you are displaying H1N1 Influenza symptoms and require medical assistance the Japanese Government has requested that you call special call centres set up by the prefectures.  The call centres will then direct you to a particular fever clinic.  A link to all the prefecture websites has been set up at: http://consular.australia.or.jp/influenzacallcentres.html

Australians travelling or living overseas should read the H1N1 Influenza 09 (Human Swine Influenza) Travel Bulletin and the travel advice for their destination.  More information concerning the H1N1 Influenza can also be obtained from the Australian Department of Health and Aging and the Commonwealth Health Hotline.  Links are below.

·        H1N1 Influenza 09 (Human Swine Influenza):  
http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/TravelBulletins/Health-Swine_Influenza
·        Travel Advice:
http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/
·        Travel Advice – Japan: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Japan
·        Department of Health and Ageing:
http://www.healthemergency.gov.au/internet/healthemergency/publishing.nsf
·        Commonwealth Health Hotline (calling from overseas): +61-8-8402-8833

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