A Fifth H1N1 Case Confirmed

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Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joy St. John??

Barbados has recorded yet another case of Influenza A (H1N1), the fifth since June 4 when the country reported its first confirmed case.

News of this latest development has come from Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Joy St. John, who said the person was "a 51 year old woman who became ill after returning from an affected country. After arriving from overseas, she sought medical attention and was home isolated for some time."

The CMO has assured that the woman had "completely recovered and is ready to go back to work this week." She said her close contacts at home had not exhibited any symptoms of the illness and were now out of the period of observation."

Barbados continues to be in an alert mode as the Ministry of Health keeps up its public awareness and control efforts to stem the spread of the disease."

Dr. St. John has again urged Barbadians and residents to maintain good, basic hygiene practices as the disease appears to be spreading overseas.

Figures put out by the World Health Organisation today show that some 99 countries had reported 52,160 cases, including 231 deaths. They represent a jump from 94 countries with 44,288 cases, including 181 deaths, two days earlier.

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