PORT-OF-SPAIN – Minister of Health Dr. Fuad Khan said today that citizens should not panic in light of six confirmed cases of the H1N1, commonly known as or swine flu.
Speaking at a media briefing at the Ministry of Health, Park Street, Port of Spain, early this morning Khan said “Yesterday we got the report that there were six confirmed cases of the H1N1 influenza A virus in some of our patients.
“Now in order to decrease the level of panic that may set into this country as we see there are various headlines on it, I want to assure the public that this H1N1 is called swine flu, not bird flu. H1N5 is bird flu. [H1N1] has been around in Trinidad and Tobago since 2009. We have been having cases since 2009 so this is nothing new that is occurring at this time. I do believe what would have triggered the fear and concern was the neighbouring countries. Barbados has had I think one death as a result of the H1N1,” he explained.
Khan said that of the confirmed cases, three patients are from the San Fernando General Hospital, one from the Mount Hope Hospital, and two from areas unknown.
Asked about reports that two persons, who were exhibiting the symptoms of H1N1, had died in Trinidad recently, Khan said “I can’t answer you accurately but most likely.” (Trinidad Express)