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…Guyanese man travelled from China to the U.S. and then to Trinidad before returning to Guyana. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, yesterday confirmed the death of the male patient who was treated at local private hospital for the H1N1 virus (Swine Flu) before he was flown overseas for further medical attention.The man who is believed to be in his early fifties, died at a hospital overseas, while his close relatives remain under surveillance in Guyana.According to information from the Public Health Ministry, the man had travelled from China, where incidence of the virus is prevalent, to the U.S. and then to neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago before returning home.Still, he displayed no symptoms while travelling so no one else on the plane was at risk. He began showing symptoms after his arrival into the country. Public Health Minister,Cheap Adidas NHL Jerseys, Dr. George Norton, told Kaieteur News that there is no need for panic since the situation was under control. He explained that the relatives and the medical team who treated him at the local hospital were all under observation for 21 days.“We don’t have to be scared. The virus is contracted only if the person is showing symptoms,” he insisted.The Ministry was unable to confirm when the man died. However,Cheap Jerseys From China, a source indicated that it might have been on Monday.The virus is transmitted as easily as the normal seasonal influenza. It can be passed to other people by exposure to infected droplets expelled by coughing or sneezing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) this new virus has led to patterns of death and illness not normally seen in influenza infections.Pregnant women, younger children, and persons with chronic lung or other medical illnesses appear to be at higher risk of more complicated or severe illness.The WHO stated that many of the severe cases have been due to viral pneumonias, which is harder to treat than bacterial pneumonias usually associated with seasonal flu.Persons who have it can spread it one day before they have any symptoms and as many as seven days after they become ill. Despite its name,NFL Jerseys Supply, the virus is not transmitted by eating bacon, ham or any pork product. Symptoms include: coughing, fever, sore throat, body aches and headaches.It was first known as swine flu in the past because persons who contracted it had to have had direct contact with pigs. But,Cheap Adidas NHL Jerseys, this changed several years ago when a new strain of the virus emerged and spread among people who had no contact with pigs.The H1N1 virus was declared a pandemic in June 2009 after it was identified in 74 countries. Recently, Trinidad and Tobago has reported four H1N1 related deaths. Last Wednesday, researchers revealed that there was a new strain of the virus with the potential to “transmit efficiently in humans” and cause another pandemic.Shadow Public Health Minister, Dr. Frank Anthony, has cried out against the Public Health Ministry’s means in conveying information on the H1N1 virus. He stated that there is no detailed strategy outlined to tackle the virus should an outbreak occur.“This is a very serious issue because it is affecting couple countries in the Caribbean and people are dying from it,” Anthony said, noting that the virus was very contagious.Anthony stated that while the population is conscious that there are measures in place to tackle the issue if it increases, there is no transparency about the measures. “We hear that there are strategies but we don’t know what it is,Wholesale Jerseys From China,” he charged.Unless there are adequate measures in place, he said Guyana would continue to see more cases of swine flu. He stated that the Ministry needs to educate the public more on what the virus is and how it is transmitted.Persaud had said that the Ministry has tightened its surveillance security system at the main Ports of Entry in Guyana,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, especially at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and the Ogle International Airport.The Ministry, he said, is implementing precautionary measures from the “Keep Ebola and other Infectious Disease out of Guyana Strategy”. The strategy is divided into six crucial areas of coordination and control; rapid detection, isolation and risk reduction; points of entry; clinical management; laboratory diagnosis; and information, education and communication.
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