No H1N1 in Dominica

Flu-Shot-logoThe Ministry of Health has noted the announcement of an outbreak of H1N1 Influenza, commonly known as Swine Flu, in the islands of St. Vincent and Barbados.

Based on a review of surveillance data from the Health Information Unit, the Ministry wishes to inform the general public that at present, there are no confirmed cases or outbreaks of Swine Flu in Dominica.

In light of the outbreak in the neighbouring Islands, the Ministry of Health is closely monitoring the situation and wants to assure the public that all systems for response to influenza cases are in place.

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Symptoms of the Influenza virus include: Sudden high fever, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, coughing, headache, body aches and fatigue.

Persons experiencing Influenza-like symptoms or any signs of faintness and weakness or breathing difficulty, should seek immediate medical attention.

The Ministry would like to remind the public to practice good personal hygiene, to protect themselves and others from acquiring the influenza (flu) virus, including but not limited to; frequent washing of hands with soap and water, use of hand sanitizer in the absence of water, staying away from crowds when sick and covering mouths and noses with a tissue, when coughing or sneezing.

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