Swine flu detected in Manchester
MANCHESTER, Jamaica— A case of Influenza A (H1N1 virus) also known as swine flu has been confirmed at the Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester, the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) said on Thursday.
Since the outbreak of the H1N1 pandemic in 2009, the virus has been in circulation in the population, the health authority said.
SRHA also advise that the symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, cough, sore throat, running and stuffy nose, muscle aches and extreme tiredness. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also occur, but are more common in children.
It went on to implore people who experience these symptoms to seek medical attention.
“The public is being asked to practice frequent hand washing with soap and water, covering mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing and avoiding contact with persons with flu-like symptoms,” SRHA said.