Flu outbreak in Dominica

fluThe Ministry of Health and Environment wishes to inform the Public of an outbreak of Acute Respiratory Infections (Flu) in Dominica occurring at this time.

To this date, the Ministry can confirm that there are three (3) different types of virus circulating in Dominica. They are the Parainfluenza type 2 virus, the Rhino virus and the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

Some persons are presenting with the mild flu and others with severe flu-like form of the flu:

-Symptoms of Mild Flu
Coughing
Running nose
Headache
Low grade fever
Loss of appetite
Feeling tired

-Symptoms of Severe Flu
Productive coughing
High fever
Body chills
Difficulty breathing
Generalized body pain
Chest pain

The Ministry advises the public to remain alert and protect themselves from getting the flu.

Here are some of the things you can do to protect yourself and others from getting the Flu:-

• Wash your hands with soap and water more now than usual;
• If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizers and rub your hands together very hard for a minute of more;
• Avoid shaking hands and kissing;
• Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing;
• Cover your nose with tissue when sneezing;
• Throw away soiled tissue in a garbage bin after single use;
• Avoid touching your face if your hands are dirty, because cold and flu viruses enter your body through the eyes, nose and mouth;
• If you are sick, stay away from crowds, young children and very elderly persons
• Drink a lot of fluids: Juice, water, coconut water and soups;

In order to control the spread of this flu, everyone must take the necessary steps to protect his/herself, your families and the public.

Persons with the severe symptoms of the Flu are asked to visit their Health Centre or doctor.

Children under five(5) years and persons suffering from Diabetes, Heart Problems, Asthma, HIV/AIDS, and Cancer or taking Steroid Medications are at risk of developing complications from the flu and should contact their health care provider as soon as possible if they become ill with the flu..

The Ministry informs the public that the FLU vaccine is available at all health facilities for people most at risk for developing complications to the flu. This vaccine when taken will prevent people from becoming ill with the flu.

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11 Comments

  1. Just thinking
    November 21, 2016

    Ala people, we have reached a point where not even the so-called health officials don’t know names of all those diseases that is affecting us, can’t we see , it’s one after the other. These are signs of the time. And it’s only the beginning. Jesus told the Israelites, if they were obedient none of the disease that come on the Egyptian wouldn’t touch them. But it’s obvious, all we like sheep that has gone astray. It’s time to return from our waywardness. Get back to the time when man respected the most high. His protection has been withdrawn because we prefer the prince of darkness rather than our able God the creator of heaven and earth. The one that loves us unconditionally. He is willing to protect us but we must obey and apply the blood to our doorpost . We are living on borrowed time, and the time is here for us to choose who we will serve, I pray GOD that we will resolve in our hearts to turn to our lord before it’s too late. We think the enemy loves us?? Huh? But he is…

  2. knowledge
    November 18, 2016

    i feel that flu is H1n1 and health officials are not saying any thing about it to avoid chaos amongst our population simptoms are the same so why not tell the public the truth so we know how serious it is, look up the symptoms of H1n1 and tell me the difference of the sympoms listed above.

  3. Anonymz
    November 11, 2016

    The reason flus always prevail in Dominica is because no one follows the guidelines above. They cough into their hands, touch people a lot, breathe all over people, don’t wash their hands and think that being troublesome and trying to spread the cold is a funny joke. I am talking with first hand experience where several friends have tried to infect me. This needs to be legally enforced.

  4. anonymous2
    November 10, 2016

    Have you seen any chemtrails lately?

  5. Flu remarks
    November 9, 2016

    This flu is known to be around for over 1 month now. You guys were informed and warned about it. The data speaks for itself why so late ministry of health? The have spread worst I guess creole festival and other activites finish now you guys pretenting thanks for allowing us to have suffer and spread the flu other countrys with those who visit the festival will spread it too next time use your God given conscience and help save lifes sooner, by getting the news out as immediate as possible guess there would be less hugging and kissing and spreading the flu. quite dissapointed.

  6. They say
    November 9, 2016

    Sounds like some ebola business goin on round here

  7. Flu Vaccine - Dr. Kimmy Voight, MB BS
    November 8, 2016

    Flu is the biggest killer of people in 22 states of the USA and guess what, our friends at the CDC now says the flu shot doesn’t generally work (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaccineeffect.htm ).

    What timing? Just after millions took it? Hmmnnn… they took it and then the hike in flu deaths in 22 states and NOW we are told it doesn’t work? Sounds like a culling to me :)

    The moral of this story is that the flu jab should be generally avoided.

  8. Prophecy
    November 8, 2016

    This flu is very bad and is deinitely causing havock o our labour force within the country. I have not heard of any oficial word about the well known fish that seems to be having a similar impact on our labour force. Please citizens take heed

  9. bwk
    November 8, 2016

    well without ta doubt it was the the Rhino virus i had…..i not no doctor,,,but only a rhino could have cause so much pain and damage :( :(

  10. November 8, 2016

    This happened because of the influx of visitors is it not

    • Flu - courtesy of Chemtrails!
      November 9, 2016

      No, read up on the assault on the Caribbean via Chemtrails! Time to protest – write to Trump and ask him to stop the USA poisoning us!

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