Swine Flu Entry Restricted?


06:37 pm | July 30, 2009


Nobody has contracted the H1N1 virus in Armenia. There are only 8
cases of the flu, laboratory investigations of patients, but the
virus has not been revealed.

According to chief expert of the state inspectorate for hygiene and
pandemics of the Health Ministry Liana Torosyan, the entry of the
H1N1 virus is excluded.

There is an operative group comprised of experts, a hotline and
large-scale projects aimed at providing hospitals with equipment, as
well as raising awareness of the doctors and the population. According
to her, there is a separate building at the "Nork" infection hospital
where there is corresponding medical aid in case of need.

Liana Torosyan says that all passing points supervise people coming
from the so-called "insecure countries" like the USA, Mexico, Spain
and Argentina.

"The H1N1 virus is like the usual flu and it is even cured more
easily. I can say that the seasonal flu creates more problems than
the H1N1," said Liana Torosyan. She also said that measures are being
taken to identify the virus.

First, people who reach the passing point go through a check-up and are
asked to fill out a special questionnaire, which states the residence
of the person. The information is then sent to the territorial
polyclinics and the individuals go through seven days of supervision.

The "Zvartnots" international airport has a sanitary-quarantine point
and people’s temperatures are determined at a distance through special
thermometers. There are special trainings for tourism agency workers
and the statistics on the virus are updated from time to time based
on information from the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

The chief expert of the inspectorate for hygiene and pandemics advised
citizens to maintain norms of hygiene and not to panic in case of
identifying symptoms of the flu.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS