Flu cases rise significantly

The number of patients being treated for influenza has soared over the last month.
Between February 21 and March 19, 322 cases of fever, respiratory symptoms and influenza were reported compared to the five-year average of 248 for the same time period.
The rise has prompted the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health, Seniors and Environment to urge anyone who develops symptoms to contact their doctor for advice.
“Reports received from doctors’ offices, laboratories and the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, confirm an increase in the number of individuals being seen with respiratory symptoms and cases of confirmed influenza on the island,” a spokeswoman for the health department said.
“This situation reminds us that influenza and influenza-like illnesses remain a threat to the community.
“The ESU is closely monitoring the occurrence of these illnesses in the community and is grateful for the co-operation of all physicians, laboratories and the infection prevention team at the hospital for their heightened surveillance and timely reporting of these illnesses to the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.”
A statement released by the Bermuda Government this afternoon urged residents affected to frequently wash their hands, cover coughs and sneezes and not go to school while suffering from flu symptoms.
The statement added: “The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.
“Influenza vaccines are available at your physician’s office or at the Department of Health, 67 Victoria Street, Hamilton, Monday to Friday from 8.30am and 11.30am or call 278-6460 for more information.”
For more information go to www.health.gov.bm or www.cdc.gov

Leave a Comment

Security Question * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Powered by WordPress