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Tonight (29/04) Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service hope to have swab results back from the five remaining suspect cases from Flight NZ1.
Medical Officer of Health Dr Jill Sherwood said, "There are 20 passengers from Flight NZ1 in home quarantine and being treated with Tamiflu, 13 in Nelson Tasman, and seven in Marlborough. From this group six people were initially suspect cases as they had influenza-like symptoms. Since then test results for one person have come back as negative for Influenza A.
"To identify whether a person has Swine Flu the first stage of testing for Influenza A is done in New Zealand and if a positive test is returned then testing for Swine Flu is done in Melbourne."
"In addition to Flight NZ1 travellers we have one other suspect case whose swab result is also expected back today." said Dr Sherwood.
She said at this time the only people at risk are travellers from North America and Mexico who have influenza like symptoms within seven days of entering New Zealand. Any of these returning travellers with symptoms should phone their GP. The GP will assess the person and then contact Public Health if required to follow up. Anyone requiring further information who has other concerns should phone Healthline 0800 611 116.
If people who have not been in the US or Mexico have influenza-like symptoms then this is probably a seasonal influenza that should be treated in the normal manner with bed rest, fluids, paracetemol and self management unless symptoms are severe or prolonged. If people are concerned they should phone their GP or Healthline.
Routine Infection Control Advice for Seasonal Influenza
Wash your hands with soap under warm running water. Alcohol-based hand gel can also be used if soap and water are not readily available. It’s a good idea to keep some with you in your pocket or purse when you travel.
Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette. Cover your mouth and/or nose with a clean tissue or sneeze into your elbow to reduce the spread of germs. Remember to dispose of the tissue and wash your hands afterwards.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
Monitor your health.
Contact your GP if you have prolonged or severe symptoms