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Published 28th April 2009, 2:34pm

Cayman Islands Medical Officer of Health Dr Kiran Kumar advises all residents to avoid non-essential travel to Mexico and to be diligent if traveling to other countries affected by the swine flu outbreak.

This measure follows yesterday's action by the World Health Organization (WHO) which raised its global alert to four, signaling the swine flu virus was spreading from human to human in communities with outbreaks.

Dr Kumar also advises that persons should seek medical attention if they:

  • have had a recent travel history to Mexico or other affected areas and develop flu-like symptoms, or
  • have come in close contact with persons who have been diagnosed with swine flu.

The Health Services Authority has procured additional stocks of Tamiflu which should arrive on island by the weekend.