Ministry of Health confirms 3 cases of H1N1 virus
By: Chaïra Flanders
As we approach the end of the flu season which extends from October to April, there have been several reports of complications in Jamaica and St. Lucia caused by the Influenza A (H1N1) virus.
Seasonal Influenza is an acute viral infection that spreads easily from person to person and seasonal epidemics usually occur during this time.
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Health on Wednesday April 3, 3 laboratory tested cases of H1N1 in St. Kitts were confirmed.
The statement said, “Influenza A sub-type (H3N2); Influenza A subtype (H1N1) and Influenza B viruses are still circulating. Since the start of the year we have received laboratory confirmation for approximately three (3) cases of Influenza A (H1N1).”
The statement continued, “Most persons recover from symptoms within one week. However, persons with other underlying medical conditions can develop complications including: ear/sinus infections and bacterial pneumonia or severe lung infection.”
The Flu symptoms may include fever, chills, sore throat; runny/stuffy nose, cough, body aches, headache and fatigue.
The Ministry is urging persons experiencing symptoms of the flu to seek health care, particularly those persons in high-risk groups which include persons 65 years and older, children younger than 5 years, pregnant women, individuals who are immune-compromised with chronic medical conditions like diabetes or HIV and frontline health workers.