Health official says no reason for alarm after two patients admitted to UHWI with swine flu
A senior health official says there should be no alarm following the admission of two patients to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) with the influenza A (H1N1) virus commonly called swine flu.
The patients – a 10 month old child and an adult – were transferred to the UHWI yesterday from Mandeville.
The chief medical officer Dr Winston De La Haye, said the Health Ministry has had four previous reports of suspected swine flu cases
But according to De La Haye, there is no reason for alarm as the number of cases fall below the threshold which would regard he virus as an outbreak.
The patients have been isolated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the UHWI.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), in some countries, there have been reports of hospitalisations with severe disease associated with H1N1 virus infections.
The WHO says based on its global influenza surveillance, in countries where the virus is predominating, hospitalisation and ICU admission patterns seem to be similar to previous seasons when the where young and middle-aged adults experienced severe disease.
Symptoms of the H1N1 virus