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The New Strain of Influenza

No infection, no epidemic, be careful not to infect others should you be infected
(This information is prepared in October, 2011.)

*After early outbreaks in Mexico in April 2009, the new strain of influenza virus spread rapidly around the world. Many Gunma citizens were infected by the virus, but only a handful developed serious symptoms, and there were few deaths from the virus. As of March 31, 2011, however, the new strain of influenza virus is treated as one of the seasonal influenza viruses and was renamed the pandemic (H1N1) 2009.

*There is no reason to believe that outbreaks of the extremely toxic new influenza virus (H5N1) have ceased. The prefectural and municipal governments of Gunma, in cooperation with the local medical institutions, have been working to create medical and social systems that ensure the safety of the citizens of Gunma.

*The following information will help you understand more about the new strain of influenza and what you can do to prevent infection.

The New Strain of Influenza: What is it?

(Excerpted from the Website of NIID, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases)

What can you do to prepare yourself for the new strain of influenza virus at home?

What can businesses do to prepare for the new strain of influenza virus?

What can schools do to prepare for the new strain of influenza virus?

Important points for preparing for an outbreak of the new strain of influenza virus:

Contact (Consultation and inquiry in Japanese):
(027) 224-5300 Health and Prevention Section of Gunma Prefectural Government
http://www.pref.gunma.jp/04/d2900024.html

List of Hokenjo (health and welfare office) in Gunma (Consultation and inquiry in Japanese)

Shibukawa Health and Welfare Office
(Shibukawa City & Kita Gunma-gun)
0279-22-4166
Isesaki Health and Welfare Office
(Isesaki City & Tamamura Town)
0270-25-5066
Annaka Health and Welfare Office
(Annaka City)
027-381-0345 
Fujioka Health and Welfare Office
(Fujioka City & Tano-gun)  
0274-22-1420
Tomioka Health and Welfare Office
(Tomioka City & Kanra-gun)
0274-62-1541
Agatsuma Health and Welfare Office
(Agatsuma-gun)
0279-75-3303
Tone-Numata Health and Welfare Office
(Numata City & Tone-gun)
0278-23-2185
Tobu Health and Welfare Office
(Ota-City)
0276-31-8241
Kiryu Health and Welfare Office
(Kiryu City & Midori City)
0277-53-4131
Tatebayashi Health and Welfare Office
(Tatebayashi City & Oura-gun)
0276-72-3230
Prefectural Health Management Division
(Gunma except for Maebashi and Takasaki)
027-224-5300 
Maebashi City Hokenjo
(Maebashi City)
027-220-5777
Takasaki City Hokenjo
(Takasaki City)
027-330-2323 

Website for CDC(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S.)

(Effective November 2011)

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