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Three suspected H1N1 cases in Clarendon – Medical Officer

Published:Friday | March 11, 2016 | 1:19 PM
May Pen town square in Clarendon.

The Medical Officer of Health for Clarendon, Dr Kimberly Scarlett Campbell, has reported that the parish has recorded three suspected cases of the Influenza A or H1N1 Virus.

The cases which were recorded in February are yet to be confirmed as lab results are still outstanding.

However, Dr Scarlett Campbell reported to the Clarendon Parish Council at its monthly sitting yesterday that there has been an increase in the number of undifferentiated cases of flu in the parish and she believes this is due to the H1N1 virus.

She noted that the Clarendon health department is aware of the threat of the H1N1 and is reporting that there is sufficient medication available to treat suspected high risk cases.

Additionally she said the parish will be hiring a public health inspector who will be responsible for inspecting institutions such as schools, police stations and lock-ups to ensure adherence to prevention and control standards.

As a preventative measure, the Medical officer said the health department has embarked on a massive immunisation programme for its frontline healthcare workers at hospitals and health centers as they are seen as a high risk group.