Press Release

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

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health & Children today (25th May, 2009) said that laboratory test results have today confirmed a second case of Influenza Type A (H1N1) in Ireland. The patient, an adult female residing in the East, recently arrived from New York and has been informed of the result. She remains at home where she is receiving appropriate treatment and is clinically well. Her contacts are being identified in accordance with public health guidelines.

Dr Holohan said ‘‘the presentation of this case does not come as a surprise. As has been said previously, we have expected further cases and indeed, still do. Both the Department of Health & Children and the Health Service Executive had planned for this eventuality and continue preparations in anticipation of further cases.’’

Further information, including travel advice, is available on the Department of Health & Children’s website. However, if you get sick with a flu-like illness, and have visited an affected area in the seven days prior to becoming ill or have been in contact with a known case of influenza A (H1N1), contact your GP/family doctor by telephone. They will decide if you need testing or treatment. You should stay at home while ill unless needing further care.

In addition, you should prevent the spread of infection through:
Always carry tissues Always cover your nose and mouth with clean tissues, when coughing or sneezing Always dispose of used tissues into a bin immediately Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol based hand cleaners afterwards Clean surfaces regularly to get rid of germs