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Influenza A (H1N1) Planning Being Taken Seriously By Lakes And Bay Of Plenty DHBs

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Influenza A (H1N1) Planning Being Taken Seriously By Lakes And Bay Of Plenty DHBs

22 May 2009 - Despite a low number of cases in the BOP/Lakes region, local DHBs remain vigilant in the face of potential escalation of the H1N1 Influenza A spread.

In the Lakes and Bay of Plenty areas there is currently one suspected case and two contacts. These people are in isolation and have been offered Tamiflu. Toi Te Ora Public Health and Medical Officers of Health, who manage suspected cases of Influenza A (H1N1) and contacts are working closely with both DHBs and are involved in the joint Lakes/Bay of Plenty Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).

The joint EOC has been set up for the past four weeks. EOC Incident Controller Gail Bingham says a significant amount of work is being done by staff at both DHBs to ensure Bay of Plenty and Lakes DHBs are as prepared as possible.

"The focus of the work now is on ensuring our hospitals are prepared for a potential increase in cases. Staff in both DHBs are also looking at setting up Community Based Assessment Centres (CBACS) and planning is well underway to ensure these can be established quickly if needed," she says.

Ministry of Health National health coordinator Steve Brazier praised DHB efforts in containing the spread of the Influenza. With 41 countries affected and more than 10,000 cases reported worldwide, New Zealand has reported only nine cases so far. Expert's opinions at this stage are that the new Influenza A (H1N1) virus is very infectious, however generally it is causing mild to moderate symptoms.

"It is really important that we remind people to follow the normal precautions to stop the spread of any virus such as thorough hand washing, covering mouths when coughing or sneezing and safe disposal of used tissues," says Gail.

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