Published on: 6/9/2009.
AUTHORITIES have quarantined a second Barbadian who tested positive for the Influenza A (H1N1) virus.
Less than a week after health officials reported that a 19-year-old male had tested positive for the virus and was quarantined at home, a young female was confirmed on Sunday.
The first case was mild. The status of the young woman is unknown. She too is in isolation at home and being monitored by health professionals. Neither of the two have a travel history.
In a statement issued through the Government Information Service yesterday, acting Minister of Health Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner said Barbados had been preparing for this eventuality for some time, and the positive tests had not taken the ministry of health by surprise.
She reminded Barbadians that the virus could spread easily and the necessary precautions should therefore be followed.
"The key to containing it is by practising good, basic hygiene and we must view this as our civic duty," she stated.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Joy St John urged people experiencing flu-like symptoms to avoid going out in public and to stay away from work and school.
Symptoms include high fever, head and body aches, sore throat, runny nose, cough, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhoea.
St John recommended over-the-counter medicines and lots of fluids and rest for mild symptoms.
"If the symptoms worsen or are severe; if you are pregnant, very young or old; or suffer with certain chronic conditions [like] asthma, heart disease or cancer, you should seek the advice of a health care professional as soon as possible," she advised.
She also encouraged people seeking medical attention to call ahead to notify their provider, and inform staff upon arrival of their conditions.
There are protocols in place with regard to seating and protective garb.
The ministry has also set up hotlines - 436-2437 or 436-2444 - for those seeking additional information on the virus and the precautionary measures that should be taken. (YB/BGIS)
8 comment found!
Standard Basic Precautions are necessary. : 6/9/2009
Using standard precautions of hand washing, covering your mouth and keeping the environment clean will assist in cutting down the virus. Everyone must continue to practice hand washing. Also, If you are sick, don't go sneezing on the people around you.
Swine Flu/ H1N1 : 6/9/2009
These confirm cases should not be left at home to isolate themselves,there should be at least two isolayion rooms at the QEH for such cases where these patients could be seen and their condition accesed daily. Being at home is a disaster waiting to happen.I hope the Ministry of Health would take precaution now in the early stages before this thing turns into an epidemic beyond control. Remember Barbados is only 166sq. mls and one sneeze covers the whole island.
Dreadlock Bajan in America
Second Case. : 6/9/2009
Hello Drs. Boobie& Smith. Where are you? This is round 2. >Let's make rounds. this is your RN. fr. Fort. Lauderdale again.. Another sick pt.& the Host is still out there. What can we say?. Educate... Educate continue to do so, people outthere is listening... remember , the last thing to leaves us is our hearing. Just hope you all are paying attention. Like I said before, this crisis was going on long time out here, by now the Gov. shold have everything in place & fr. reading the articles, seem like they have. Keep on doing a good job. Stay safe.
Second Case. : 6/9/2009
Second case of H1N1 : 6/9/2009
Second chance for me to drool over those rosie red lips just love umuuuummmm.You are doing a great job just stay on top of things keep us informed with the simple things we can do to protect ourselves and love ones KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK..
Second case : 6/9/2009
That shows that there is no sense in the decision to quarantine sick persons at home. They should be in an isolated environment. I know one person who will avoid crowds.
No ordinary flu : 6/9/2009
According to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (based in USA), within about a week and a half from the discovery of the first ever case of the virus in the States, a public health emergency was declared, and within about a month and a half, it was determined that all 50 states were affected by the virus. Even though the percentage of death cases is significantly lower than the number of confirmed cases, I believe that this virus should not be considered a minor threat and the government and health authorities should make a special effort to not just inform the public about prevention and the number of cases found so far in Barbados but to let the public know how serious of a threat this virus really is. If we don't make a special effort to contain this virus when we can who knows what the future holds. There is no doubt that other persons in Barbados may have been affected and don't know it as yet.
Concerned Med Student
Here we go again!!!! : 6/9/2009
......three, four, five, six........ one thousand people confirmed with Swine flu.. Who is to say that these people will follow the rules while at home? Everyone keeps talking about the common cold killing more people than the Swine flu; of course it has, it has been around longer. On the other hand, Swine Flu is more dangerous to persons who are already compromised by other illness and I fear this is going to get out of control. I think Barbadian authorities has had enough time to gear up for this situation which is inevitable since we have an influx of visitors and returning Barbadians from abroad arriving here everyday. No one should be left at home with this Flu since we do not know if this person will follow instructions to stay put.