Latest News

Man dies from swine flu in The Bahamas

Monday, December 17, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!


NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — The Bahamas Government has confirmed that a 61-year-old man has died from the H1N1 influenza, otherwise known as swine flu.

Health Minister Dr Duane Sands, who was unable to provide any specifics about the case, said the death occurred last week.

“H1N1 speaks to a particular subtype of influenza and the technically correct term is H1N1 influenza. Swine flu, while it makes for great headlines, this is not the same beast that we saw in 2009. We're saying seasonal influenza and all influenza [are] serious,” he added.

The health minister said that there was no need for alarm given the recent death.

“We certainly would like to remind people that these [flu] shots are available, but certainly those high-risk individuals should get them. As a matter of fact, all adults or all persons older than six months of age should get them.”

The health authorities here say high-risk individuals include youth, the elderly, morbidly obese individuals and healthcare providers.

“The majority of influenza cases expected are going to be H1N1 and we've now had 4,500 people take up the influenza vaccine. It is not enough and we strongly encourage persons to go and get their flu shots,” Sands said.

Health officials said that the reported number of flu cases in the country ranges from 200 to 650 annually during the flu season that runs October to May, and peaks in the month of February.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Flirting while in a relationship is disrespectful.
Yes
68%
No
11%
It depends
21%

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT