Emergency Centers to Take the Homecomers with Fever and Those Close Contacts to the Hospital for Free

Recently, the A (H1N1) virus has hit over 50 countries around the world and resulted in more than 15,000 confirmed cases. By May 31, eight imported cases have been confirmed with such flu in Beijing.

To prevent the spread of the A (H1N1) influenza in Beijing and protect the health and life safety of all citizens, Beijing Health Bureau decides that 120 & 999 Emergency Centers will provide a free service to take those with a fever and acute respiratory symptoms or those in close contact with suspicious cases of A (H1N1) to hospital as from today, thus avoiding the flu epidemic when the two types of sufferers take public vehicles.

If any one of the above occurrences takes place on you, please do not take a public vehicle when you need see a doctor. You will be admitted to the hospital for free of charge by dialing 120 or 999 emergency lines.

In addition, according to the Law of the People's Republic of China on Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases and the Law of the People's Republic of China on Frontier Health Quarantine, each citizen has the legal liability to timely report confirmed or suspicious cases with A (H1N1), and to accept investigation, examination, sample collection and medical observation & isolation by departments for disease control. Your active cooperation is expected for related epidemiological survey and medical observation.

For nearly a month, most of people returning from abroad have understood and provided their supports for the government's "suggestion that one stay inside for health self-monitoring for 7 days since returning China". Such sense of responsibility for social public health safety and the attitude of respect towards others' life health demonstrate a due public and social consciousness as a modern citizen. This certainly provides an effective line of defense against A (H1N1) flu, and constitutes the best contribution made by each citizen to epidemic prevention and control.

Nevertheless, there have been some people returning from abroad who were less alert to the endemic prevention and failed to keep home for observation recently. They went outside, shopped around and travelled in scenic spots by public vehicles, posing a risk of secondary spread, which therefore increased great difficulties in investigating their close contact persons, and the cost of disease prevention and control. It is hoped that the broad masses, especially those from overseas, voluntarily follow requirements of health control, positively work with the government to make the A (H1N1) virus preventable, controllable and curable.

For our assistance, please dial 12320 (Public Health Hotline of Beijing) or visit www.bjcdc.org for more information.