CPS advises community to step up preventive measures to protect against Influenza A (H1N1)


The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) of the Ministry of Public Health is appealing to the community to step-up actions related to cough etiquettes and good hygiene at all times. 

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This appeal is being made after a large number of cases were reported in the Americas of Influenza A (H1N1).  Venezuela’s health minister according to media reports in early April said that almost 1000 patients were being treated for the aforementioned. Influenza A (H1N1) reappeared in Venezuela on March 18 in Merida state, where one person at that time had died of the virus.

The H1N1 flu pandemic started in April 2009 and ended August 2010. A potentially deadly combination of influenza virus genes never seen before in people and animals mobilized health authorities to protect world populations.

CPS is reminding residents that high standards of personal hygiene entail covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, and washing your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after contact with respiratory secretions (e.g., after sneezing and coughing).

Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.  Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Germs spread this way. Try to avoid contact with sick people. 

Persons who are traveling are advised to take precautionary measures such as maintaining high standards of personal hygiene at all times.  Another preventive measure is eating healthy foods, getting a lot of exercise and maintaining an eight hour sleep schedule.