Flu Kills Three In Martinique

The flu has killed three people in Martinique since an epidemic began in October 2018, local reports say.

Martinique 1ere reports that two of the  patients died in March, while the  flu is the cause of eight hospitalisations in intensive care.

The publication said 13,000 people consulted a general practitioner.

It said the average age of hospitalised patients is 66 years old, eighty percent of whom have risk factors.

A type A virus has been identified in all cases including one of type A (H1N1) pdm09, it was reported.

Just last week, Saint Lucia’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Doctor Merlene Fredericks-James, reminded citizens that this country is still experiencing flu activity, which she described as ‘an unusual pattern’ for this time of year.

She warned that the very young and the elderly, as well as pregnant women, are at increased risk of developing severe complications, and in some cases death, from Flu infection.

She explained that the Flu vaccine is available, free of charge, at all Wellness Centers and can assist is protecting persons from developing severe complications.

The CMO made the comments while announcing that the Ministry of Health and Wellness  is investigating ‘a few deaths in adult males’, which occurred during the month of March 2019.

Fredericks-James disclosed that although a respiratory cause is suspected, vector borne diseases and other infectious diseases cannot yet be ruled out, as laboratory and other tests are still being processed.

Health authorities here say Saint Lucia remains on high alert as neighbouring Islands grapple with the flu viru which has claimed lives in recent months.

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. this flu thing is not an easy feat. weakness all over, dizziness, bodypain, headache, sore throat, dry cough, High fiver, chills, loss of appetite, even a sense of feeling confused when asleep, shortness of breathe, fatigue….a host of symptoms. its starts with a sore throat then chills and fever after.

    this is a very serious and painful virus

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