Saf Health Work.  2011 Mar;2(1):83-86.

Personal, Occupational, and Public Health Perspectives on Dealing with the First Case of Influenza A (H1N1) in the United Arab Emirates

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates. tcaw@uaeu.ac.ae
  • 2Tawam Hospital, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates.
  • 3Preventive Medicine Department, Health Authority of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Abstract

New epidemics of infectious diseases often involve health care workers. In this short communication we present a case report of a health care professional who became the first case of influenza H1N1 virus to be notified in the United Arab Emirates. There are several issues related to workplace considerations and general public health, including preventive measures, the need for isolation of the patient, dealing with contacts, return to work, and communication with the workforce.

Keyword

H1N1 virus; Disease notification; Public health; Occupational health
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