Influenza activity in the Caribbean

fluFor the year to date, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) received 284 samples for influenza virus testing.

Forty-seven (47) tested positive of which 14 were typed as Influenza A H1N1.

The table below shows number of samples received and tested positive for Influenza A for 2013 -2015.

 201320142015
No. samples received for Influenza Virus924401284
No. samples Influenza A positive (%)208 (22%)82 (20%)47(16%)

CARPHA would like to advise members of the public to practice respiratory hygiene measures in order to reduce the risk of transmission of influenza and other respiratory viruses.

You should cover your mouth with a tissue or handkerchief, or use your elbow, if sneezing or coughing. You should safely dispose of used tissues; wash your hands with soap and water after coughing and sneezing and before and after meal preparation, eating and use of the toilets.

Alternatively, you may use an alcohol based hand-sanitizer.

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2 Comments

  1. The Real Facts
    October 27, 2015

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  2. The Real Facts
    October 27, 2015

    This is the time of year for influenza, in the hot and cold climates. Although the weather in Dominica is warn, it may cool off a bit at night. Take some vitamin supplements as Vitamin C and D. There are other vitamins which doctors could recommend.
    Drink and/or eat citrus fruits including nutritious meals. Drink ample water per day. These could help.
    I always recommend to Google the health benefits of these vitamins including Zinc. Amazing what is on the Internet. Whatever you want to know and learn is on the Internet. It is very helpful.

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