Ministry of Health Encourages Persons to Follow Precautionary Measures


The Ministry of Health is advising members of the public who have flu like symptoms to stay home and take regular influenza medication until they are well. If symptoms persist or get worse or if you are experiencing severe symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, or difficulty breathing, you should visit your doctor, health centre or hospital immediately.
Persons are being advised to cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing to limit the possibility of transmission of any influenza virus to others. Also, wash hands regularly with soap and water or use an alcohol based sanitiser.
There have so far been 19 confirmed cases of Influenza A(H1N1) in Jamaica with no deaths. The Ministry expects that since there is now local transmission, there will be an increase in the number of confirmed cases. However, there is no need for persons to panic as the Ministry’s health team is managing the situation. There is also sufficient medication in the island to treat persons who present with flu-like illnesses, if needed.
For more information about Influenza A(H1N1) members of the public may call the Ministry’s toll free line at 1888-663-5683 seven days a week from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

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