Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Pandemic H1N1 State Report for June

Palikir, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services): July 7, 2009 - The FSM Department of Health and Social Affairs has released their Pandemic H1N1 State Report for June 2009 and it continues to show that the FSM has no confirmed cases of the H1N1 Influenza A virus. The report shows that there have been 106 suspected cases of the flu reported in the four states (Pohnpei 54, Chuuk 28, Yap 24, Kosrae 0). A suspected cases is someone with a sudden onset of fever (38 C or higher, or, if no thermometer available, reported chills or high temperature); with at least one of the following symptoms: cough, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion; in the absence of an alternative diagnosis.

The Departments of Health in Pohnpei, Chuuk and Yap, also have 27 samples of suspected cases that have not yet been tested. Pohnpei has 13, Chuuk 4, and Yap has 10 samples that are awaiting shipment to the testing laboratory in Australia. Once testing is done, the status of the results will be reported.

Currently, there is a flu going around in the FSM, but it is not H1N1 virus. Anyone with symptoms and who also, within the 7 days preceding the onset of the illness, has traveled to an area with widespread community transmissions, should notify the Department of Health in their respective state and be checked.

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356