Human Cases of 2009 - H1N1 Influenza
August 19, 2009
This Warden Message alerts U.S. citizens to the latest information regarding human cases of 2009-H1N1 Influenza, sometimes referred to as swine flu or novel H1N1. The Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) has reported 20 positive cases within Namibia:
- 4 in Windhoek (Khomas region)
- 9 in Rehoboth (Hardap region)
- 3 in Swakopmund (Erongo Region)
- in Ovitoto (near Okahandja – Otjizondjupa region)
- 1 in Buitepos (Border post between Gobabis and Botswana – Omaheke region)
- 1 in Gobabis (Omaheke Region)
- 1 in Oranjemund (Karas Region)
Local authorities have reviewed influenza pandemic preparedness plans, but have not instituted any actions to limit travel within the country or from abroad. American citizens should be aware that the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek cannot demand their immediate release if they are detained or quarantined in accordance with local public health and legal authorities.
Any questions or concerns about influenza or other illnesses should be directed to a medical professional. Please note that the U.S. Embassy is not advising Americans in Namibia to depart. At this time, the Embassy advises Americans to review guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, and make their own decisions about whether to remain in Namibia.
For more information on U.S. Government policy during a pandemic, and for travel safety information, please see the State Department’s “Pandemic/Avian Influenza” and “Remain in Country” fact sheets on http://travel.state.gov. Further information about 2009-H1N1 Influenza, including steps you can take to stay healthy, can be found at the following websites:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/
U.S. Government pandemic influenza website: http://www.pandemicflu.gov
World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html.
State Travel Department : http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/flu/flu_1181.html and http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/health/health_3096.html
U.S. citizens may also call the Office of Overseas Citizens Services in the United States for the latest travel information. The Office of Overseas Citizens Services can be reached from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday, by calling (202) 501-4444.
Americans living or traveling in Namibia are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security within Namibia. Americans without Internet access may register directly with U.S. Embassy. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.
The U.S. Embassy in Namibia is located at 14 Lossen Street, Ausspannplatz, Windhoek, telephone (264-61) 295-8500, fax (264-61) 295-8603. For emergencies involving U.S. citizens in Namibia contact the Embassy’s consular section at (264-61) 295-8522, or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For after-hours emergencies dial (264-81)127-4384.