Barbados has reported that a 19 year old Barbadian male is currently in his home, recovering from a case of this latest Influenza, formerly known as “Swine Flu.” This was confirmed by the Caribbean Epidemiology Research Centre (CAREC) in Trinidad. This young man, however, has not been travelling recently, unlike the 9 other confirmed cases reported in the Caribbean region.
As of today, the WHO has updated its figures. 66 countries have now reported 19,273 confirmed cases and 117 deaths of this new Influenza A (H1N1).
Local health officials continue to strongly encourage anyone experiencing influenza-like symptoms, especially following international travel, to seek immediate medical attention. Viral swab samples can be taken at the Peebles Hospital Laboratory, which will be dispatched to the Caribbean Epidemiological Centre (CAREC) for testing. Results from the test centre can be received within 24hours.
The Ministry of Health and Social Development, Environmental Health Unit continues to implement surveillance measures at all main ports of entry.