Press Release

Confirmation of fourth case of Influenza Type A (H1N1) in Ireland

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health & Children of Health and Children today (31st May, 2009) confirmed a fourth case of Influenza Type A (H1N1) in Ireland. The patient is a man from the south of the country who has recently returned from New York. He is aware of the confirmed test result and is currently being treated at home and all necessary public health protection measures are being taken. This case is unconnected with the three previous case’s confirmed in Ireland.

While additional cases are anticipated, in order to help minimise numbers, the Department and the Health Service Executive would again like to remind people of the measures which can be taken to help personal protection including using and disposing of tissues and thoroughly washing hands. We would also ask that people who have visited an affected area and become ill with flu like symptoms make their initial contact with their GP by telephone and not present at a GP surgery or A&E unit. Further information on how to stay healthy and stop the spread of infection is available on Department of Health & Children’s website. or on the HSE’s website.