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Jamaica Swine Flu Rate Jumps To 19

CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tues. June 23, 2009: The number of swine flu cases in Jamaica continues to grow with the confirmation Monday of five additional cases.

The Ministry of Health yesterday said it detected the additional cases of Influenza A (H1N1) in the island, bringing the total to 19.

The reported cases are located in the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Catherine, with four cases each; St. Mary, three cases; Trelawny, two, St. James, three, Westmoreland with one case in an adult and Manchester with two cases – one adult and a child.

In one school in Manchester, approximately 13 percent of students reported having flu-like illness and one case confirmed. 

The Ministry is again reminding persons with flu-like symptoms to contact their doctor, health centre or hospital. Symptoms of swine flu are like regular flu symptoms and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Many people with swine flu have had diarrhea and vomiting. Only lab tests can definitively show whether you’ve got swine flu.