Barbados recorded another three confirmed cases of Influenza A (H1N1) over the last week. However, two of these cases were persons aboard a visiting cruise ship who were not allowed to disembark the vessel. The other case is a female visitor to the island who was hospitalised, but has since recovered and left the island.

All confirmed cases of notifiable diseases must be reported to the World Health Organisation, including those Influenza A (H1N1) cases recorded on cruise vessels in our waters.

The total number of confirmed cases for the island now stands at 23.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth George, has urged organisers of mass public events, particularly those holding upcoming Crop Over related shows, calypso tents and summer camps, to take the necessary precautionary measures and follow the guidelines put out by the Ministry of Health, so as to minimise the risk of contracting the H1N1 virus.

He said: "The Ministry continues to reiterate good basic hygiene practices as the best method of preventing or slowing the transmission of the disease."

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