Warden message: Human Swine Influenza and change in Nicaraguan Telephone numbers

April 28, 2009

This warden message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Nicaragua that no cases of Human Swine Influenza have been confirmed in Nicaragua. The Nicaraguan Government has positioned health care specialists at all major ports of entry to evaluate persons entering Nicaragua for flu-like symptoms, especially those coming from Mexico and the United States. Nicaragua's Ministry of Health (MINSA) has alerted health units to report all potential cases of swine influenza to their Epidemiology Crisis Center, Tel 011-505-2289-4312.

The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor this situation and will issue updated messages. For further information about Human Swine Influenza, please consult the Department of State information on Swine Flu at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_p..._pandemic.html, the United States Centers for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/ or the World Health Organization website at http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html.

Please note that as of April 22, 2009, all Nicaraguan telephone numbers have changed. You must now affix a "2" to the beginning of all landline phone numbers and an "8" to the beginning of all cell phone numbers.

The U.S.-based call center for U.S. citizens can be reached from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, M-F, at 1-888-407-4747, or if calling from outside the U.S., at (202)-501-4444. For any emergencies involving American citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy's Consular Section, located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua; telephone 011-505-2252-7320; after hours emergency telephone 011-505-2252-7100; email (ACS.Managua@state.gov); webpage (http://nicaragua.usembassy.gov/gener...ormation3.html).

U. S. Embassy
Managua, Nicaragua