Accra, Aug. 11, Ghanadot/GNA - Health authorities at the
Kotoka International Airport (KIA), have tightened
measures to control the spread of the Influenza A (H1N1)
(Swine Flu), following two reported cases of the disease
in the country.
The cases, which have not resulted in any fatalities,
were reported in the capital city, Accra, and Takoradi
in the Western region.
Speaking with the Ghana News Agency on Monday, KIA Port
Health officials said, although they had not confirmed
any case of the disease at the airport, they have been
very vigilant in their inspection duties especially on
in-coming passengers who might be carrying the virus.
They said since it was difficult to tell who might be
carrying the virus unless showing symptoms, several
fliers and posters educating people on the flu have been
circulated at the airport.
"This would help people to know what to do in case they
are suddenly confronted with any situation concerning
the flu," the officials said.
The educative materials advise people to report any
influenza-like illness to the nearest health facility,
avoid close contact with people who appear unwell or
have fever and cough, wash their hands with soap and
water thoroughly and often, as well as use tissue to
dispose off respiratory secretions.
In-coming passengers as well as all those who find
themselves at the arrival hall of the airport have also
been advised to report to the Port Health desk, located
at the arrival hall if they experienced any flu-like
The outbreak of Swine flu in Mexico, the United States
of America and Canada, has now spread to over 79
countries worldwide with over 140 deaths.
Symptoms of include fever, cough-sneezing, fatigue, body
aches, headaches, chills, sore throat, vomiting and