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A staff member tests positive for influenza A (H1N1) virus

Activates Pandemic Crisis Management Plan

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila (Philippines) has taken swift measures to contain any possible spread of the influenza A (H1N1) virus, after one of its staff members tested positive for the virus.

It has immediately activated its comprehensive Pandemic Crisis Management Plan that includes monitoring of close contacts of the affected staff and stepped up personal hygiene awareness and educational campaigns for all staff, co-workers, and dependents in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH). In implementing the Pandemic Crisis Management Plan, ADB reaffirms its commitment to the health and well-being of its staff as well as the wider community, an official release issued by the ADB said.

In observation

The staff member, who has just returned from the U.S. to Philippines and reported mild flu symptoms, has been sent for observation and is receiving treatment in hospital, it added.

ADB’s Pandemic Crisis Management Team is closely monitoring the situation and taking all necessary steps to ensure that staff, their dependents, and co-workers are protected and informed. ADB expects the containment measures to remain in place for several weeks, and stresses that the present precaution measures, sufficient to cope with the current situation, will be revised if required, the release said.

According to WHO, influenza A (H1N1) virus is of low severity, with very few fatalities out of all reported cases worldwide, occurring among people with underlying illnesses, such as chronic respiratory disease.