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Jamaica still on High Alert for H1N1

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2016 | 12:59 PM

Chief Medical Officer Dr Winston De La Haye says although Jamaica is at the end of the flu season, the country still remains on High Alert for H1N1, which is a deadly strain of the flu virus.

Jamaica has had seven H1N1-related deaths this year.

De La Haye says healthcare workers have been reporting fewer cases of persons with H1N1 symptoms, but the High Alert will remain in effect until the ministry is satisfied the virus isn't a threat to the population.

PHOTO: Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye.

De La Haye says the health ministry is focusing on procuring more vaccines for the next flu season which begins in September.

 

Dr. Winston De La Haye

Meanwhile, De La Haye says health ministry officials are not satisfied with the large number of mosquito breeding sites they have observed during house to house visits across the island. 

He is encouraging Jamaicans to destroy mosquito breeding sites in their homes as Jamaica remains on high alert for ZIKV and Dengue Fever, which are both caused by the Aedes Egypti mosquito.