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Jamaica heightens influenza A virus watch

Published:Tuesday | December 22, 2015 | 12:36 PM

Jamaica has heightened its surveillance of the influenza A (H1N1) virus in light of the current outbreak in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Ministry of Health says it’s monitoring the situation and is urging Jamaicans to take precautions.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse, notes that Jamaica is currently in its flu season and therefore persons should be extra careful to try to avoid becoming infected and transferring infection to others.

Dr Bullock DuCasse is encouraging individuals to observe good hygiene practices, such washing hands frequently with soap and water; covering the mouth when sneezing or coughing; to avoid contact with persons with flu-like symptoms and to avoid intimate contact including hand shaking and kissing.

H1N1 is a respiratory illness that is caused by the Influenza A virus.

Symptoms include fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, sore throat, a cough, stuffy nose, headache and body aches and fatigue.

Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also be experienced.