Inbound Guam Passanger Tested, But Swine Flu Ruled Out

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Sunday, 10 May 2009 12:17

Guam - Guam continues to have no suspected, confirmed or probable cases of swine-origin Influenza A (H1N1). However health officials say that at least one inbound passenger from Hawaii was recently checked for possible exposure to the virus, but health officials concluded the passenger was not suffering from swine flu.
According to a release, officials from both Guam's Customs and Quarantine Agency (CQA) and the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) got notification of an ill passenger on board a recent inbound flight from Honolulu into the Guam International Airport.
The passenger?s symptoms, together with recent travel history from an area with confirmed cases of swine flu prompted local officials to activate their notification protocols.
In response to this, DPHSS immediately activated its surveillance team to conduct an on-site assessment to rule out swine-origin Influenza A (H1N1).
In consultation with public health physicians, it was medically determined that the passenger did not meet the criteria for the swine-origin Influenza A (H1N1).
Meanwhile, on Saturday the Department of Public Health and Social Services' Incident Command Center (PHICC) unveiled a video conferencing system aimed at keeping island residents up to date on the swine flu outbreak.
PHICC coordinated a live video-conference with key personnel at Guam Homeland Security and the Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) to ensure that information and reports continue to be provided regarding current updates of the swine flu H1N1 virus.
Acting Governor Michael W. Cruz, M.D. participated in the video-conference and called the system a "critical improvement to our island?s emergency response infrastructure" because it will "keep our medical community and key responders informed so they can protect the health and safety of our people.?
Government, military and private sector partners will continue to use DisasterLan (DLAN), Guam?s web based emergency management software to monitor this situation and provide periodic status updates.
For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control Website at , the Department of Public Health and Social Services website at or Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense website at