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Barbados: 10 Influenza A cases reported so far

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  • Barbados: 10 Influenza A cases reported so far

    THE MINISTRY of Health is monitoring an increase in cases of Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI). To date, ten Influenza A cases have been reported and three of these required hospitalisation.
    The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has confirmed that the initial five samples sent for testing were positive for the Influenza A H1N1 virus that was first recognised in April 2009. The Ministry is awaiting results from CARPHA on the remaining five samples.
    Meanwhile, a shipment of the seasonal influenza vaccine containing the H1N1 virus has been received by the Ministry and the vaccine is being offered to frontline workers in the health sector and persons in high risk groups. It is also available from medical practitioners in the private sector.