June 6th, 2009
Office of the Chief Medical Officer
Ministry of Health
Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis
New cases of Influenza A H1N1 formerly called Swine Flu continue to be reported in many countries around the world including CARICOM countries.
The Ministry of Health has received no reports of confirmed cases in the Federation however, cases of Influenza A H1N1 are inevitable. The Federation of St. Kitts and
Nevis is an open economy with daily international and regional air and sea transport links.
There is increased risk of entry of Influenza A H1N1 because this is the time of the year when nationals either return home for vacation or leave for vacation, and
visitors arrive to attend festivals. Surveillance at all official ports of entry is ongoing.
The measures to protect public health that have been issued since April 26th continue to be appropriate and will not change. Strict attention must continue to be paid to
personal hygiene such as "covering the cough and sneeze", and hand-washing with soap and water. Additionally, persons with flu-like illness should delay travel until
their symptoms have resolved.
Persons with mild to moderate flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, aches and pains) must stay at home and seek advice from either their personal physician or the staff at
the nearest Community Health Center.
A severe case of influenza is a person with flu-like symptoms and breathing difficulty, dehydration or weakness. In this event, medical attention must be sought
In general, the vast majority of cases of Influenza A H1N1 are in the mild to moderate. If the World Health Organization (WHO) raises the Pandemic Alert Level from
the current 5 to 6 (the highest point), it does not mean that the virus is more severe. Level 6 means global spread of the virus.
There is no need for panic.
Chief Medical Officer
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THE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
DR. PATRICK MARTIN