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Suspected H1N1 cases

Published:Saturday | March 12, 2016 | 3:00 AM

Suspected H1N1 cases

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 H1N1 Virus.

The cases which were recorded in the month of February are yet to be determined as the blood works that have been sent for testing are still outstanding.

Dr Scarlett Campbell reported to the Clarendon Parish Council at its monthly sitting on Thursday that there has been an increase in the number of undifferentiated cases in the parish and that is due to the H1N1 virus now on the island.

She noted that the Clarendon Health Department is aware of the threat of the H1N1 and is reporting that there is sufficient medication - Tamiflu - available to treat suspected high-risk cases.

Additionally, she says that 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 that they are in keeping with prevention and control standards.

As a preventive measure, the medical officer says the health department has embarked on a massive immunisation programme for its front line healthcare workers and staff members at the hospitals and health centres as they are seen as high-risk groups.