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T&T Increases Surveillance Of Swine Flu

T&T Increases Surveillance Of Swine Flu

On the heels of confirmed swine flu cases in St Vincent and Grenadines and Barbados, this country has stepped up its surveillance and monitoring systems for the illness.

St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says  reports from the Health Ministry show that of 51 cases of the suspected illness, only six cases have been confirmed as H1N1, commonly called swine flu.

The Health Ministry in Barbados in a statement this week, confirmed four cases of influenza A H1N1 including one death.

It said that results from the 10 samples sent to the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) last week had confirmed the cases adding the other six samples were negative for the H1N1 virus.

In a News Power Now interview on Wednesday, Health Minister, Dr. Fuad Khan, said while there is no need for panic among citizens, persons with severe cough and cold symptoms should seek medical attention.

Minister Khan also urged citizens to practice proper hygiene, including covering the mouth when sneezing and frequent washing of hands with soap and running water.