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Two dead from Swine Flu, authorities say stay calm

by STAFF WRITER

swine flu images 4-PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Nov 12, CMC – At least two people have died and another hospitalised from the HINI influenza (Swine Flu), medical officials confirmed Thursday.

Medical Director at the San Fernando General Hospital Dr. Anand Chattergoon said while there may be other cases, the authorities are awaiting results from samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and that the country should not panic. He said the two deaths were from south Trinidad and that one other person, a security officer,is hospitalised as a result.

“So we have had two who died and were confirmed HINI and the gentleman in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) with the HINI is the only confirmed one at the present time,” Dr. Chattergoon said,

“I don’t think it is anything to be worried about at the moment because we really haven’t had many cases of HINI,” he added.
He said the virus has no unique symptoms and staff and relatives need to protect themselves making sure also they follow the best hygiene practices.

“It is spread by droplet infections, but the most important thing is the nurses going from one patient to another and the doctors going from one patient to another,we advise them to take the usual precaution, wash your hands properly, thorough,” he added.

Last month, health authorities sought to re-assure the population after a woman is believed to have died from the H1N1 Influenza. The woman, Cherrie Ryce, 46, died at the San Fernando General Hospital and the Ministry of Health said influenza is an acute illness that can be caused by several different viruses, including H1N1, H3N2, and other respiratory viruses that circulate in all parts of the world.

“Safe and effective vaccines that can prevent influenza or reduce the severity of illness are available at local health centres. Vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of serious complications of influenza and for people who live with or care for high risk individuals,” the ministry said.

“In tropical countries, such as ours, influenza occurs throughout the year, unlike countries with colder climates when seasonal epidemics occur during the colder months,” the statement said, noting that in Trinidad and Tobago more than 6,000 suspected cases of influenza are reported yearly.

Symptoms of influenza, said the ministry, can include high fever, cough, headache, muscle and joint pain, sore throat, runny nose, and generally feeling unwell.
“Most people recover within a week without any medical attention. However, influenza can cause severe illness in some persons, including the elderly, infants, young children, and pregnant women, as well as those with chronic medical conditions, such as heart, lung, kidney disease, and diabetes.”

The ministry said it would continue to “monitor all diseases of public health importance” and urged the public to ensure that they follow proper sanitary guidelines so as to protect their health.

“Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms. If you have symptoms of the flu, seek immediate medical attention if any of the following symptoms develop: Difficulty breathing, chest tightness, inability to eat or drink, persistent vomiting, or confusion.

 

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swine flu images 4-PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Nov 12, CMC – At least two people have died and another hospitalised from the HINI influenza (Swine Flu), medical officials confirmed Thursday.

Medical Director at the San Fernando General Hospital Dr. Anand Chattergoon said while there may be other cases, the authorities are awaiting results from samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and that the country should not panic. He said the two deaths were from south Trinidad and that one other person, a security officer,is hospitalised as a result.

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“So we have had two who died and were confirmed HINI and the gentleman in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) with the HINI is the only confirmed one at the present time,” Dr. Chattergoon said,

“I don’t think it is anything to be worried about at the moment because we really haven’t had many cases of HINI,” he added.
He said the virus has no unique symptoms and staff and relatives need to protect themselves making sure also they follow the best hygiene practices.

“It is spread by droplet infections, but the most important thing is the nurses going from one patient to another and the doctors going from one patient to another,we advise them to take the usual precaution, wash your hands properly, thorough,” he added.

Last month, health authorities sought to re-assure the population after a woman is believed to have died from the H1N1 Influenza. The woman, Cherrie Ryce, 46, died at the San Fernando General Hospital and the Ministry of Health said influenza is an acute illness that can be caused by several different viruses, including H1N1, H3N2, and other respiratory viruses that circulate in all parts of the world.

“Safe and effective vaccines that can prevent influenza or reduce the severity of illness are available at local health centres. Vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of serious complications of influenza and for people who live with or care for high risk individuals,” the ministry said.

“In tropical countries, such as ours, influenza occurs throughout the year, unlike countries with colder climates when seasonal epidemics occur during the colder months,” the statement said, noting that in Trinidad and Tobago more than 6,000 suspected cases of influenza are reported yearly.

Symptoms of influenza, said the ministry, can include high fever, cough, headache, muscle and joint pain, sore throat, runny nose, and generally feeling unwell.
“Most people recover within a week without any medical attention. However, influenza can cause severe illness in some persons, including the elderly, infants, young children, and pregnant women, as well as those with chronic medical conditions, such as heart, lung, kidney disease, and diabetes.”

The ministry said it would continue to “monitor all diseases of public health importance” and urged the public to ensure that they follow proper sanitary guidelines so as to protect their health.

“Avoid close contact with people who have flu-like symptoms. If you have symptoms of the flu, seek immediate medical attention if any of the following symptoms develop: Difficulty breathing, chest tightness, inability to eat or drink, persistent vomiting, or confusion.