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Avian Influenza 2

Attention all American citizens:

February 6, 2007

The U.S. Embassy in Conakry, Guinea is issuing this Warden Message to inform Americans that the Government of Nigeria has confirmed the first case, in Nigeria, of a human infected with the H5NI (Avian Flu) virus.  The victim died on January 17, 2007, according to a statement from the Nigerian Information Minister.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working with the Nigerian government to further investigate the extent of the outbreak.

For information on Avian Influenza and Pandemic Flu preparedness, see www.cdc.gov, www.who.int, and www.pandemicflu.gov.  For additional information on avian influenza as it affects American citizens residing abroad, see the U.S. Department of State’s Avian Influenza Fact Sheet.

Due to general security concerns in Nigeria, as well as worldwide Avian Flu preparedness, American citizens in Nigeria have been advised to maintain at least two and up to twelve weeks’ supply of water, non-perishable food, and medicines, and to have themselves and their families receive flu vaccinations from their health care providers.  See the Department of State’s flyer “How to Prepare for ‘Shelter in Place’”.

Americans living or traveling in Guinea are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Guinea. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy in Conakry.  By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.  The U.S. Embassy is located on the Transversale No. 2, Centre Administratif de Koloma opposite the New Radio Station in Ratoma, Conakry, Guinea; telephone +224-65-10-40-00 or fax +224-65-10-42-97; email consularconakr@state.gov. The U.S. embassy website is http://conakry.usembassy.gov/index.html.