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Patient admitted with influenza A but subtype unknown, says Ministry

Published:Monday | October 21, 2013 | 8:11 AM

The Health Ministry has confirmed that the recent flu case that has resulted in the hospitalisation of one person has been identified as influenza A.



However, the ministry says contrary to media reports, the subtype of the virus has not yet been determined.



As a result, Director of Communications in the Ministry of Health Neville Graham says any information placed in the public domain as to subtype detected in Jamaica is premature at this time.



Media reports On Saturday suggested that the virus has been identified as the H1 N1 virus.



However, in a statement released yesterday, Graham said Jamaica’s Influenza Centre is now carrying out the necessary tests to determine the subtype.



He says the current case is being treated with the standard regimen and cautioned that any assertion about the unavailability of drugs is irresponsible.



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