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Caribbean Swine Flu Deaths Increase

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. July 13, 2009: Deaths from swine flu in the Caribbean have jumped to four, with the latest occurring in Jamaica.

The island recorded its second death Friday, health officials said, as the total number of reported cases jumped from 32 to 39.

The latest victim of the disease also died at the University Hospital. The first Jamaican who died from the virus, also reported last week, was a patient at the University Hospital.

The Dominican Republic has so far recorded two deaths, while it leads the region with 108 reported cases, according to the World Health Organization.

The Caribbean swine flu case load is now close to 400 with Belize reporting five cases last week. Globally, the total reported cases is now close to 95,000 with 430 deaths.

Persons are being reminded to observe good hygiene practices including washing hands frequently with soap and water, and covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing preferably with a tissue, which should be discarded appropriately. 

Persons should also stay home if they have flu-like symptoms and contact a doctor immediately if their condition persists, gets worst or if they have severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, or vomiting.