Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. June 17, 2009: The Ministry of Health wishes to provide an update on Influenza A/H1N1.

Globally the World Health Organisation is reporting 76 countries with a reported 35, 928 cases of influenza A (H1N1) infection, including 163 deaths. This is a considerable increase within three day (compared to the 29,669 cases in 74 countries that were reported on June 12th.)

To date the total number of confirmed Influenza A/H1N1 cases in Trinidad and Tobago is eighteen (18), out of which eleven (11) are reported in Tobago and seven (7) in Trinidad.

The most recent cases have been discovered as part of the Ministry’s surveillance procedures and epidemiological controls. Consistent to due protocol, the persons infected have been placed in isolation and are receiving proper treatment. It is also to be noted that all patients are doing well.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has been informed by the health authorities of the US Virgin Islands that no volleyball players from their national team who were in Trinidad and Tobago recently have tested positive for the H1N1 virus.

This comes on the heels of both Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname reporting positive cases on their national volleyball teams following the tournament held from 31st May, 2009 to 6th June, 2009.

The Ministry of Health has ramped up its activities in relation to the H1N1 prevention, management and control and is committed to informing the public of all new developments.

Once again the Ministry of Health is urging all citizens to practice good hygiene (washing hands) and proper respiratory etiquette (cover your cough, sneeze, etc). All citizens are further urged to seek official information on Influenza A/H1N1 through the Ministry’s

· Web site at www.health.gov.tt
· Facebook group: Ministry of Health
· Twitter @moh_tt
· Email @ corpcomm@health.gov.tt
· The H1N1 hotline at 800-WELL (9355)