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The Tristan Times - Tristan da Cunha
The online newspaper of Tristan da Cunha
  Issue No. 573 Online Edition Saturday 25 October 2014 
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Tristan : Tristan Government taking Precautions for Swine Flu
Submitted by Tristan Times (Sarah Glass) 22.07.2009 (Current Article)

Given the concern of some members of the community at the news from UK about Swine Flu, the Administrator Mr David Morley has issued a public notice, letting the community know what precautions are being put in place.

Tristan Government taking Precautions for Swine Flu
 
Given the concern of some members of the community at the news from UK about Swine Flu, the Administrator Mr David Morley has issued a public notice, letting the community know what precautions are being put in place.
 
At the moment there is no Swine Flu on Tristan, and we would like to keep it that way, as the MO (Medical Officer) does not have the facilities to diagnose Swine Flu, should it arrive here. So our main strategy is to keep it off the island.
 
The only way it can reach us is via a ship passenger carrying the virus. This is why there is now a system in place whereby all passengers, and crewmembers that want to land on Tristan, must fill in a medical form while they are still aboard ship.  The form asks them questions about their health. Anyone who isnít feeling well will have his or her temperature taken. If the reading is too high, and/or if the person shows any other worrying symptoms, he or she may not land until the MO (Medical Officer) has checked them out, either via the radio or personally.
 
It is vital that all vessels follow this as many visitors are coming from many different countries.  Sadly, it seems clear that Swine Flu will be around for several years, so the measures that the Tristan Government is taking must remain in place for the foreseeable future.
 
Given our difficulties in diagnosing Swine Flu it is the intention to vaccinate everyone against it, so plans are in place to get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available.
 
The Administrator in his notice have asked people not to get too worried about what they see on the TV news, or what they hear from their friends and relatives in the UK and elsewhere, as there is no reason to be alarmed at this time, and we all want to avoid a repeat of the ludicrous media storm that proved so tiresome back in 2007.
 
 

 

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