ROSEAU, Dominica: The number of confirmations of the H1NI virus (formerly known as swine flu) continues to rise in the Caribbean. Dominica and Trinidad have detected one case each and two were confirmed in Jamaica.
Two people who recently returned from the United States are Dominica’s first cases.
They are being quarantined at home.
Jamaican authorities said the two new cases in their country were confirmed in residents of the United States who visited the island.
According to a statement from the nation’s Ministry of Health, “one has recovered and the other is recovering satisfactorily.
“Immediate contacts have been interviewed, examined and samples taken. The ministry’s surveillance and monitoring team still has not detected any local spread so far. The ministry had previously detected two imported cases in the island, from people who had traveled to New York and they are well.”
In Trinidad, the Ministry of Health reported that a second case of the flu was discovered last weekend. Last week, a Trinidadian woman who returned home after a trip through Europe was confirmed as the first case.
The second case was found after testing was conducted on people who had traveled on the same flight as the first woman.
The Ministry of Health said in a statement that it has “already contacted and tested the people sitting close to the index case, and continues to contact more people from that flight,” and urged everyone in the island who had been on American Airlines flight 1647 from Miami to Piarco International Airport on May 30 to contact the ministry if they have not already been contacted.
The Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) has advised that countries should continue enhanced surveillance for fever and respiratory illness.
The other cases in the English-speaking Caribbean have been one each in the Cayman Islands, Barbados, the Bahamas and Bermuda.
According to the World Health Organization, 73 countries have officially reported 25,288 cases of the H1N1 virus, including 139 deaths.