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Jamaica: Three confirmed deaths from H1N1 influenza virus

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  • Jamaica: Three confirmed deaths from H1N1 influenza virus

    Nicole Dawkins-Wright, acting director of emergency, disaster management and special services in the Health Ministry, has confirmed that three Jamaicans have died as a result of the H1N1 influenza virus.
    Speaking with RJRNews Dawkins-Wright said the deaths were recorded in St Ann, Kingston and St Catherine.
    She further disclosed that there have been 110 suspected cases of influenza since the start of the year.
    Earlier this afternoon, Dawkins-Wright confirmed to The Gleaner that the H1N1 virus is in Jamaica but said that the type present is not the swine flu strain.
    According to her, the characteristics of the strains are different, but the manifestations, or symptoms, are the same.

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    Jamaica remains on flu alert, says health ministry

    The Ministry of Health yesterday reminded the public that the country was still on the influenza alert status announced by Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton in Parliament in February.
    At the same time, the ministry confirmed that there have been deaths that resulting from complications arising from influenza, including H1N1, and reminded the public to “pay attention to the daily reminders in the print, electronic and social media and encourage all stakeholders to adhere to and practise all protocols relating to handwashing, sneezing and coughing etiquette and use of public spaces and facilities”.

    The ministry was responding to growing concerns about the spread of the flu and, in particular, an appeal by retired veteran broadcaster Allan Magnus for more information after his wife, Kerry, succumbed to H1N1 two weeks ago.

    On February 12, Tufton had announced in the House that the health authorities had seen a significant increase in the number of cases of fever and respiratory or flu-like illnesses.