Swine flu/H1N1 influenza virus has arrived in Trinidad and Tobago yet again.
The first time a worldwide outbreak of this virus occurred was in 2009, now it seems like the virus is making another round.
Health Minister Dr. Fuad Khan, stated today that the Caribbean Public Health Agency has confirmed six local cases of the H1N1 virus. Three cases at the San Fernando General Hospital, one at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex and two others have been found in unknown areas.
The Caribbean is also on high alert as cases have been reported within the region. There has also been one confirmed death in Barbados, due to the virus.
Meantime, Khan told citizens there is no need to panic as vaccines are available at the nation’s health facilities. He has also advised citizens to protect themselves by practicing good personal hygiene.
Anyone with flu-like symptoms and signs of faintness, weakness and/or breathing difficulties should go to the nearest emergency room.
Typical symptoms are:
- A sudden fever – 100 degrees F or above
- A sudden cough
Other symptoms may include:
- Cough and sneezing
- Weakness and fatigue
- Aching muscles and joints
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Diarrhoea or stomach upset
- Loss of appetite