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Outbreaks of Influenza H1N1 in Japan

On May 9, the Japanese government announced that Japanese high school students and a teacher who returned from Canada were infected with Influenza Type A, H1N1. On May 17,  the number of new-flu cases in Japan has reached 163 after 67 more infections were confirmed Monday in Osaka and Hyogo prefectures, while many in the area reported symptoms of the flu in a sign that suggests that the influenza may be starting to spread on a full scale.

Prime Minister Taro Aso called on the public to remain calm. The spread of the new H1N1 strain of influenza A has prompted more than 4,000 schools in the two western Japan prefectures to close or consider closing, affecting more than 1.4 million pupils.

At this stage, a spread of the virus between human beings has not been confirmed within Japan yet, and there is no need to take an overreaction. However, everyone must still be alert and closely watch the recent news about the pandemic. When a further spread of the virus between human beings has been reported within Japan and/or any government policy has been made, the activities in the public place should be limited as possible.

1.  There is no reason to panic. Please get accurate information. This is the season when many people suffer from flu infections, so there is no reason to assume that any illness is the new flu(Type A H1N1). For accurate information, please check with the:

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Organization (Japanese only)
Quarantine station of Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Organization (Japanese only)
Infectious Disease Surveillance Center (IDSC)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan
WHO Influenza A(H1N1)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) H1N1 flu(Swine Flu)

2. In case of you are not feeling well, please take the following steps:

① If you have had contact with someone from the infected areas and you have a high fever or cough,
→ Please consult the
“Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Organization Telephone Consulting Office”
Tel 03-3501-9031 (9:00 – 21:00)

② If you are diagnosed as having “general flu”, do not return to public activities until you get permission from a doctor.

3. Traveling Abroad and Returning from Abroad

Follow the instructions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
Organization for traveling to and returning from abroad.

4. Prevention of infection

* Wear a mask of nonwoven fabric on the way to/from public place..
* Gargle often and wash your hands with soap.
* Get enough sleep and eat healthy meals.

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