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Trinidad-based Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) has

warned of the possibility of an outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1),

 better known as swine flu

The Trinidad-based Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) has warned of the possibility of an outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1), better known as swine flu.

The bug spread in a worldwide pandemic during the 2009-2010 flu season and left thousands dead.

Based on the occurrence of sporadic outbreaks reported in countries in the Americas since the beginning of this year, CAREC has recommended that countries in the Caribbean reactivate their National Preparedness Plans for the pandemic.

There is currently no outbreak in the region and health authorities have said there is no cause for alarm.

However, the various Ministries of Health in the region have advised the public to continue to practise proper hygienic measures, including frequent hand washing and covering the nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing.

Persons who were experiencing fever, cough or sore throat have been advised to stay away from school or work until they are fever free, for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication.

Those most susceptible to H1N1, especially pregnant women, persons with asthma and other lung conditions, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and impairment of the immune system, should seek prompt medical attention.

Symptoms of swine flu

What is Influenza A (H1N1)?

Influenza is an acute viral infection that affects mainly the nose, throat, bronchi and occasionally lungs. There are 3 types and further subtypes of influenza – one such subtype is Influenza A (H1N1). The influenza caused by A (H1N1) is commonly referred to as “Swine Flu”.

What are the symptoms of this flu?

The symptoms of H1N1 Flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with H1N1 flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Also read on on How to track Swine Flu Globally

Children –

In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin colour
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

Adults –

  • Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting

Recommended care (Dos and Don’ts)

Do’s –

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take enough sleep
  • Keep distance of at least three feet from a infected person
  • Observe healthy diet

Don’ts –

  • Visit crowded places
  • Spit in public places
  • Taking medicines without doctor’s advice

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Comment by kcrunchone on April 29, 2011 at 11:40pm
Issues of this nature can be avoided by regular exercise and diet. Keeping your immune system up is key to avoiding this and many other issues. Until they take it and mutate it to do other things and as stated it will be a problem for all since we were originally used because our immune systems and body were impervious to many many things. Peace to all, I pray all receive light and understanding seek knowledge
Comment by JamRockLady on April 29, 2011 at 7:04pm
@evolution...LOL!  Just viewing words alone is so limiting when communicating.  "Meaning" and intent, often get twisted and things tend to get "lost in translation" from time to time.  It happens.  Agreed, "no worries".
Comment by evolution on April 29, 2011 at 6:56pm

@Jamrock no worries..........I was looking at "evolutions".

Comment by JamRockLady on April 29, 2011 at 5:40pm
@evolution...dear, I'm talking about the article, using "scare tactics", not you.
Comment by evolution on April 29, 2011 at 4:34pm
My intentions is not scare anyone,I talking facts here things that actually happen.The outcome is sometimes uncertain, and I don't think that fear is the answer.I'm not affraid of dying,but i sure is hell won't let no one use me as a guinea pig.
Comment by JamRockLady on April 29, 2011 at 3:41pm

@evolutions...scare tactics.  (rolling my eyes).  You know they always do this to keep the public in a constant state of "perpetual-fear".  When "we the people" are always scared, we'll in turn, beg the government, a.k.a. "big brother", for what every cure or help they have (which usual comes in the form of experimental drugs in this case).  All we are to them are guinea pigs, at the bottom of the pyramid, to experiment on.  SMH.

 

@sweetness....I co-sign to your sentiments.  You're right my friend.  The rabbit whole goes extremely deep.

 

Blessings, Nubian King and Queen.

Comment by evolution on April 28, 2011 at 5:19pm
Every disease that they manufacture is design to kill us and only us,the problem with that is,if we are the superior race then anything they make would affect them too.And it would affect them at a far greater rate than us because of our genetic make up,and our resilience at fighting off antibodies.They would like to seperate the races,but it is very difficult to do so.when "they" injected the syphilis vaccine into the African American GI's,,,,,,,,,,,,,,back when segregation was tolerated,they never thought of the idea, that a white woman would of been sexually active/involved with a black man,and the s*** backfired.So yes money and profit is the driving force behind every cure depends on who contract what they selling.
Comment by mr fix on April 28, 2011 at 3:56pm
@ BOMBAHDROP WAH GWAN LOVE HOW YOU BEEN? LISTEN THE TRUE REASON FOR THIS IS THERE IS NO MONEY ( PROPHET ) IN CURING A DISEASES ONLY IN CREATING A TEMPORARY SOLUTION ITS ALL BUSINESS.

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