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Of the 29 lab-confirmed H1N1
patients in T&T, 25 have been
treated by doctors and discharged.
In a telephone interview yester-
day, Chief Medical Officer Clive
Tilluckdharry said the chances of
a normal healthy person getting the
H1N1 virus was low and got even
lower for fatalities.
"We have about 4,000 cases of
the flu every year. For this year, so
far, 29 cases have been lab-con-
firmed as H1N1."
Tilluckdharry said those people
were treated by their doctors and
were back to good health.
"They are home. These are the
lab samples being sent from various
doctors and they were treated," he
Of the 29 lab-confirmed cases,
the majority had co-morbiditys,
meaning pre-existing conditions,
such as diabetes, cancer and other
chronic illnesses, which affect the
"Of that group, one in four or
five people will get symptoms, less
than two per cent will be hospi-
talised. He said the statistics were
similar to dengue fever even though
the viruses were fundamentally dif-
ferent as H1N1 attacks the respira-
"People won't always know they
have it. It would start off like a nor-
mal flu and what they would need
to do as with any flu is to drink lots
of liquids, rest and take the appro-
priate flu medication."
He encouraged people in the at-
risk groups, medical workers, the
elderly, children and pregnant
women, to get vaccinated.
Asked about the skepticism
shown by nurses toward the vaccine,
Tilluckdharry said he couldn't
"I, myself took the vaccine so I
don't know what the problem is,"
On Friday, Health Minister Ter-
rence Deyalsingh had said three
people had died from the virus.
Yesterday Medical Chief of Staff
at the Eric Williams Medical Sci-
ences Complex, Dr Andy Bhagwan-
dass, revealed that a fourth person,
Chief Medical Officer:
Stacy Ramkissoon, 28, was confirmed of
having H1N1 but a post-mortem scheduled
for today would reveal her official cause of
Ramkissoon who delivered a baby via a
Caesaraean section died on Saturday at the
In a release yesterday, the Ministry of
Health reminded citizens that influenza
could cause severe illness in some people,
including the elderly, infants, young children
and pregnant women as well as those with
chronic medical conditions, such as heart,
lung, kidney disease and diabetes.
It said safe and effective vaccines that
could prevent influenza or reduce the severity
of illness were available at local health centres.
"Vaccination is especially important for
people at higher risk of serious complications
of influenza and for people who live with
or care for high risk individuals. After vac-
cination, persons still ought to take preven-
tative measures to reduce the spread of
viruses," it added.
Influenza can spread when an
infected person coughs or sneezes
and droplets containing viruses get
into the air and are inhaled by
Persons can also become infected
by touching surfaces (doorknobs,
desks etc.) contaminated with flu
viruses and then touching their eyes,
mouth or nose.
To prevent the spread of infectious
diseases like influenza, the public is
• Cover your mouth and nose with
a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
Doing so into the crook of your elbow
is also acceptable.
• Wash hands with soap and
• Avoid close contact with people
who have flu like symptoms.
• If you have symptoms of the flu,
seek immediate medical attention if
you have difficulty breathing, chest
tightness, the inability to eat or drink,
persistent vomiting or confusion.
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Low chances of H1N1 deaths
Firemen try in vain to
save a wooden
recreation club which
caught afire on lower
Hill Side, San
Fernando, on Sunday
night. No one was
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