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IDB Pitches In Swine Flu Funds As Caribbean Numbers Rise

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. June 22, 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a $5 million grant for a program aimed at supporting prevention and control of the swine flu disease in the Caribbean and Latin America as the reported cases continue to rise in the region.

The estimated numbers of A(H1N1) influenza cases in the Caribbean has been put at 170  by the World Health Organization.

The Dominican Republic leads with 93 reported cases followed by Trinidad and Tobago with 18 and Cuba with 15. Jamaica now has reported 14 cases while Suriname has 11. 

The Cayman Islands and Barbados have both reported four each while there are two each in the Bahamas, Curacao and the Cayman Islands.

Bermuda, Martinique, Sint Martin, the BVI and Dominica have each reported one each.

As of June 21, 2009, over 76 countries had officially reported 44,287 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, according to the latest available WHO update. There are 180 deaths so far reported. The disease has mainly affected the Western Hemisphere, with 90 percent of all confirmed cases. The latest PAHO update, dated June 16, 2009, reports almost 18,000 cases in the United States, over 6,000 in Mexico, over 4,000 in Canada, over 2,300 in Chile and 733 in Argentina.

The disease has so far forced the cancelation of the inaugural Caribbean Games while a cruise ship out of Aruba was late last week hit with an outbreak of the swine flu.