Nicole Dawkins-Wright, performing director of emergency, catastrophe administration and particular companies within the Well being Ministry, has confirmed that three Jamaicans have died because of the H1N1 influenza virus.
Talking with RJRNews Dawkins-Wright mentioned the deaths had been recorded in St Ann, Kingston and St Catherine.
She additional disclosed that there have been 110 suspected instances of influenza because the begin of the 12 months.
Earlier this afternoon, Dawkins-Wright confirmed to The Gleaner that the H1N1 virus is in Jamaica however mentioned that the sort current is just not the swine flu pressure.
In keeping with her, the traits of the strains are completely different, however the manifestations, or signs, are the identical.
The signs embrace fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nostril, physique aches, complications, chills and fatigue.
“H1N1 has been circulating yearly in Jamaica since 2009. Whereas there is no such thing as a distinction within the manifestation of the H1N1 virus and the swine flu, it’s the pressure which makes them completely different,” Dawkins-Wright mentioned.
She added that the ministry had issued an advisory earlier this 12 months that there was a rise in influenza-like diseases, predominantly H1N1.
Nonetheless, checks made by The Gleaner revealed solely an advisory about a rise in influenza instances.
At present’s disclosure by the well being ministry got here after broadcaster Alan Magnus this morning reported that his spouse, Karlene ‘Kerry’ Magnus, died final Friday from problems related to the virus.
“I’ve heard of a number of folks dying from it. (For) Kerry’s dying, the paper which we acquired from the hospital, acknowledged that that’s what she died from,” Magnus mentioned.
Medical physician and opposition spokesperson on well being Dr Dayton Campbell mentioned that the general public mustn’t give attention to the slight variations within the strains of the H1N1 virus.
“H1N1 influenza would nonetheless be the group of signs; they nonetheless current in the very same approach. What the ministry should do is to tell the general public that the virus is right here.
“They’ve the problems and every little thing; swine flu, H1N1, all of them are coated in the identical vaccine, so I do not know what the differentiation they’re attempting to make is, I am not following,” Campbell mentioned.
Making reference to the ministry’s advisory, Campbell charged that it didn’t inform the general public of the presence of the virus within the island and the extent of the difficulty however fairly highlighted basic data.
The opposition spokesman mentioned that he has been made conscious that there are at present sufferers within the Intensive Care Unit on the College Hospital of West Indies affected by the virus, as effectively of as a dying that occurred in St Catherine.
“That isn’t one thing you ought to be coy about, that isn’t one thing it’s best to disguise from the inhabitants,” Campbell mentioned.
He emphasised that Jamaicans can not shield themselves from the virus if they don’t seem to be knowledgeable by the well being ministry that it’s within the island.