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The Ministry of Health is reminding persons to avoid mass gatherings if they have flu-like symptoms such as such as fever, cough, sore throat, and runny nose. Even if the symptoms are mild these persons are strongly cautioned to avoid crowded areas and stay home until they are well.
“As we enter into the regular flu season we will be seeing increased cases of seasonal influenza and influenza A H1N1. To reduce the risk of contracting the influenza virus, the public is advised to maintain high standards of personal hygiene, such as washing hands frequently with soap and water, especially after coughing and sneezing and avoiding unnecessary contact with persons who are ill,” said Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse, Director of Emergency Disaster Management and Special Services.
She added that those who fall in the high risk group should immediately contact their doctor or go to the nearest health centre if they develop flu-like symptoms. “Because these persons are at risk for developing complications from Influenza A H1N1 we would like them to seek medical attention promptly however mild their symptoms are,” said Dr. Bullock DuCasse.
An additional eight (8) cases of Influenza A H1N1 have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health bringing the total number to one hundred and ninety one (191). The number of reported deaths still stands at six (6). For more information, persons may call the Ministry’s toll free line at 1-888-ONE-LOVE (1-888-663-5683) or contact their parish health department.

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