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CARIBBEAN 360 – Grenada’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. George Mitchell says the country’s disease surveillance system is on alert in light of confirmed cases of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus – also known as swine flu – in Trinidad and Tobago.
There were 29 confirmed cases of swine flu and three deaths in the twin-island republic up to December 15. There was also another suspected death over the weekend, according to Trinidad and Tobago media reports, but that has not been confirmed by health authorities.
Mitchell says the ministry has no choice but to keep its response and surveillance systems heightened to protect Grenadian citizens.
“Our choice at this time is the best choice – that is, to implement all necessary measures that are legal and in keeping with international conventions and protocols such as the International Health Regulations to protect our citizens as best as we can,” he said.
Grenadian health officials are also calling on all citizens to take all necessary steps and measures, including cough etiquette, regular hand-washing, and monitoring conditions of loved ones and friends if they display symptoms associated with the A (H1N1) virus to isolate them and prevent transmission as much as possible.