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Ministry Of Health Reports Increase In Influenza-Liked Cases

 

GEORGE’S, GRENADA, MARCH 29 2018– GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE (GIS): – The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health today reported an increased in the amount of influenza-liked cases on island.

The unit headed by Dr. Shawn Charles, shared the information with senior members of the Ministry who has since embarked on a series public health measures to address the situation.

“We all accept that traditionally we are in the regular flu season and we expect to have some cases but, we have noticed what can best be described as a dramatic spike and that certainly warrants immediate personal action to prevent transmission,” Charles explained.

He made reference to the St. Andrew’s Health District, where there has been a marked increase of approximately 115% in reported cases compared to the previous week, that are way above normal readings from the same district around this time of year.

The medical doctor told the (GIS), that in order to curb the spread, individuals must practice proper and regular hand washing to avoid becoming infected and prevent transmission.

“Coughing and sneezing are of particular concern to us as well. So persons must remember to cover their coughs and sneezes as much as possible and also use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer if clean running water is not available”, explained Dr. Charles.

Meanwhile local health authorities are encouraging citizens and visitors alike, to exercise caution, taking into account all possible safety measures while driving or at the various beaches, rivers and lakes; and practice proper and regular hand hygiene while they participate in festive events this Easter weekend.

For additional information regarding seasonal flu prevention and control please visit – https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/index.html.

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