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  • Jamaica: Media reports of three cases of a novel influenza virus - officials say virus is not yet subtyped and may be H1N1pdm09

    First, the report:

    http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/2...ead/lead2.html

    Deadly flu - Ministry confirms cases of dangerous influenza virus
    Published: Saturday | October 12, 2013 0 Comments
    The Ministry of Health yesterday reported that Jamaica had three confirmed cases of a new strain of the influenza virus which recently caused deaths in some Caribbean islands.

    Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse, director of emergency, disaster management and special services in the ministry, said there were sporadic outbreaks of the influenza virus, including the sub-type A (H1) pdm09, which causes respiratory illnesses, and can be fatal.

    Three cases were confirmed in the last four weeks, but no deaths have been reported. None of the cases so far involve persons who travelled from the Caribbean countries that have reported the deadly influenza cases.

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    This merited the following response:

    http://go-jamaica.com/pressrelease/item.php?id=2556

    Case of flu not yet sub-typed




    Ministry of Health (NERHA) | 2013-10-22 00:00:00 The Ministry of Health has become aware of erroneous information in the public domain about a recent case of flu which has necessitated hospitalization. It is not standard operating procedure to comment on specific cases and this will continue to be so. However in the interest to a clear record while not naming this particular case the Ministry will outline some facts.

    1. The recent case in question, although identified as “influenza A” has not yet been sub-typed. Therefore any information as to sub-type is at this time premature. Jamaica’s world-renowned Influenza Centre is doing the necessary tests at this moment.

    2. The instant case is now being treated with the standard regimen (Tamiflu etc) and therefore any assertion about unavailability of drugs is at best ignorant if not irresponsible.

    3. As per MOH release of October 10 2013 Jamaica has had a” few sporadic cases of influenza, including the influenza virus sub-type A(H1) pdm09 which has caused death in some Caribbean islands”. It is therefore expected that there will be other cases from time to time. (See full release below). At the same time there have been no deaths in Jamaica.

    We take this opportunity to urge a greater sense of responsibility at this time when it is flu season which runs from October to May. Wash hands frequently and observe proper hygiene and stay at home if flu symptoms are observed. If symptoms do not respond to standard over the counter drugs then contact your doctor or local Public Health Centre

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    Re: Jamaica: Media reports of three cases of a novel influenza virus - officials say virus is not yet subtyped and may be H1N1pdm09

    http://lowrie-chin.blogspot.com/2013...n-flu.html?m=0

    Health Ministry issues warning on flu-like symptoms
    (via On the Ground News)

    The Health Ministry of the Government of Jamaica has confirmed that the virus subtype A H1 strain has been identified in Jamaica and three cases of this type of flu-like symptom has been seen in the last three weeks.

    The symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, headache, stuffy nose, body ache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

    The presence of this subtype has resulted in the Health Ministry warning Jamaicans to practice good hygiene Jamaicans are also being advised if they have flu-like symptoms to stay at home and take medications to combat the flu.

    The Ministry added that if the problem persists persons should visit a hospital immediately.
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      Re: Jamaica: Media reports of three cases of a novel influenza virus - officials say virus is not yet subtyped and may be H1N1pdm09

      http://www.cvmtv.com/story.php?id=5197&type=newswatch

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      Meanwhile, CVM has learnt that doctors have diagnosed the H1N1 flu in one case and the patient is now in critical condition. He is reportedly in intensive care at a hospital.

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