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Statement on Influenza in the Falkland Islands

The situation as of 21 July 2009 is that there have been five proven cases of Swine Influenza in the Falkland Islands. There have almost certainly been more cases but, due to the logistic difficulty of sending samples to a viral laboratory, these have not been confirmed. All cases have been mild.

There are no restrictions on travel to the Falkland Islands but travellers are advised not to travel if they are unwell with ‘flu-like symptoms. Any passenger who arrives and appears to be suffering from an infectious disease will be assessed by the medical authorities. Appropriate measures to ensure the health of the individual will be taken and appropriate quarantine measures may be taken.