[Dateline: New York | Authors : Department of Management / Department of Safety and Security]
As you may be aware through the media, human cases of influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified both in Mexico and in the United States. H1N1 influenza is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza that regularly cause outbreaks of influenza among pigs. Investigations are ongoing to determine the source of the infection and whether additional people have been infected with swine influenza viruses.
The UN Medical Services is working closely with the UN System Influenza Coordinator (UNSIC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Department of Safety and Security, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to monitor and keep updated of the situation. An emergency meeting of the UNSIC Technical Working Group will be convened on 27 April, Monday, 9:00 a.m. and a review of the impact of the current situation on UN preparedness and response activities will be made at that time.
As of now, no travel restrictions have been issued, nor have any quarantine measures been announced by WHO or CDC. Nevertheless, it is reminded that one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of infection is to practice effective personal hygiene and to avoid close contact with sick people. If you do get sick with flu-like symptoms (e.g. fever, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, chills, headaches, body aches, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting), you should stay home from work, limit contact with others to keep from infecting them, and contact your private physician.
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