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The Director General of Health in India has reported only 35 cases as of June 18, 2009, almost all
recent arrivals from the United States. Because of the very low incidence, the Indian Government
is aggressively tracking and treating each and every case of H1N1 Flu. Please note that the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises Americans that, "If you think that you
have the H1N1 Flu, you should stay at home...except to seek medical care. Do not travel..."

The Government of India requires everyone entering the country to complete a health questionnaire. If on arrival you are exhibiting any flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, and/or difficulty inbreathing) or you are suspected of having H1N1 infection, you will be quarantined at an Indian Governmenthospital and tested for the virus. If you are found to have H1N1 influenza you will be quarantined until you have completed a full five-day course of Tamiflu antiviral medication, you are without a fever for 48 hours, and/or Indian Health Officials feel the likelihood of virus transmission is low. Tamiflu is only available in India through the designated government facilities.

In addition, the Indian government advises anyone who exhibits flu-like symptoms at any time to contactthe government hot line, 011-2392-1401, or go to a nearby Government Hospital to be tested and/or quarantined. Please note that the quality of medical care in India varies considerably and that the Embassy and Consulates cannot demand release of American citizens if they have been detained or quarantined in accordance with local public health and legal authorities. The U.S. Mission encouragesall U.S. Citizens in India to fully cooperate with the Indian Government's efforts to control the pandemic.

Any questions or concerns about influenza or other illnesses should be directed to a medical professional. Although the Embassy cannot provide medical advice or provide medical services to the public, a list ofhospitals and doctors can be found on our websitesat http://newdelhi.usembassy.govhttp://mumbai.usconsulate.gov/, http://chennai.usconsulate.gov/
http://kolkata.usconsulate.gov/, or http://hyderabad.usconsulate.gov/. As of June 17, private hospitalsare not accepting H1N1 quarantine patients. They are being sent to Government facilities.

Americans should review the guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization, and make their own decisions about whether to travel. For more information on U.S. Government policy during a pandemic, and for travel safety information, please see the State Department's "Pandemic/Avian Influenza" and "Remain in Country" fact sheets onwww.travel.state.gov. Further information about 2009-H1N1 Influenza, including steps you can take to stay healthy, can be found at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/, the U.S. Government pandemic influenza website at http://www.pandemicflu.gov, and the World Health Organization website at http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/ en/index.html.

U.S. citizens may also call the Office of Overseas Citizens Services in the United States for the latest travel information. The Office of Overseas Citizens Services can be reached from 8:00 a.m. until8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday, by calling 1-888-407-4747 from within the U.S. and Canada, or by calling (202) 501-4444 from other countries.

Americans living or traveling in India are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or
Consulate through the State Department's travel registration website, 
https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security within India. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency. 

U.S. citizens may contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the Embassy or the Consulates General for further information:

  • The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi is located at Shanti Path, Chanakya Puri 110021; telephone +91-11-2419-8000; fax +91-11-2419-8407. The Embassy's Internet home page address is http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov.

  • The U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai (Bombay) is located at Lincoln House, 78 Bhulabhai Desai Road, 400026, telephone +91-22-2363-3611; fax +91-22-2363-0350. The Internet home page address is http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov

  • The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai (Madras) is at 220 Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, 600006, telephone +91-44-2857-4000; fax +91-44-2811-2027. The Internet home page address is http://chennai.usconsulate.gov/

  • The U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata (Calcutta) is at 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, 700071; telephone +91-33-3984-2400; fax +91-33-2282-2335. The Internet home page address is http://kolkata.usconsulate.gov/

  • The U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad is at Paigah Palace, 1-8-323, Chiran Fort Lane, Begumpet, Secunderabad 500 003; telephone: +91 (40) 4033-8300. The Internet home page address is http://hyderabad.usconsulate.gov/.
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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