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Confirmatory test results of samples taken from PMA farm workers and patients at the Belau National
Hospital have returned negative for Avian Influenza (Bird Flu). The results were received by the Ministry
of Health on April 5, 2014 from a reference lab in Hawaii; however, further testing on samples taken
from the dead chickens will be conducted in the US mainland.
While results are awaited and investigation continues to determine the birds’ possible causes of death,
the public is urged to refrain from using and consuming PMA poultry products until investigations have
Furthermore, as seasonal flu cases remain high, the public is also reminded to continue practicing
hygienic habits including proper hand-washing and coughing etiquette to minimize the spread of the
Additional updates will be provided as soon as they are available. For more information about flu
prevention and seasonal flu vaccines, contact the Communicable Disease Unit (CDU) at 488-2450 during
regular working hours.