By Benjamin Flowers Staff Reporter
A series of influenza cases, leaving one dead and several hospitalized, has prompted the Ministry of Health to launch an investigation.
Director of Health Services Dr. Michael Pitts explained Thursday that the patient who died over the Christmas holidays tested positive for Type-A Influenza.
Samples were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad to determine the specific type of influenza virus. Similarly samples for the four other patients, three of them currently in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, were sent out for testing on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The ministry issued a public health advisory on Wednesday highlighting the suspected possibility of H1N1 infections, and reminding the public to take precautionary measures to fight the spread of the flu.
The first batch of results are expected by Friday, and the second by next Monday.
Pitts explained that the MOH is also canvassing every public and private hospital for similar cases.