Man wearing a protective mask against the H1N1 Virus


Influenza A (H1N1) is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by a virus that is easily spread from person-to-person.

How do people get Influenza A (H1N1)?
A person can get Influenza A (H1N1) by:

  • Breathing in the virus when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • Contact with objects that have been recently touched by an infected person such as a door knob and telephone.

 The symptoms of Influenza A (H1N1)

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny and stuffy nose
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea (these symptoms may also occur but are more common in children)

Can Influenza A (H1N1) be prevented?

To prevent the spread of H1N1:

  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Use paper towel (tissue) to cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
  •  Dispose of used tissue in the garbage IMMEDIATELY.. Avoid close contact with persons exhibiting flu-like symptoms, such as handshaking, hugging or kissingIf you are sick stay home until you are well. If you have severe flu-like symptoms contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY.
  •  If you have travelled to or come into contact with someone from an affected country such as Mexico, Canada, UK or USA, and have flu-like symptoms, contact your doctor or nearest Health Centre immediately.

General Notice

The public is being notified that a 24-hour National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) has been activated through the Civil Defence Commission (CDC).
Citizens are encouraged to report any emergency situation to the NEMS to enable efficient alerting of the relevant authorities.

This can be done by telephone calls to 226-1114, 226-1117, 600-7500, 623-1700.

By text to 600-7500 or 623-1700.

By Whatsapp messenger to 623-1700.