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Two Grenadians Quarantined In Swine Flu Alert

CaribWorldNews, St. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Thurs. April 30, 2009: Grenada’s Ministry of Health has placed two persons under quarantine amid suspicion of swine flu.

A government statement said Wednesday the two persons, who have not been named, arrived on an American Airlines flight on Tuesday evening from Mexico. It said the Ministry is taking all steps necessary to ensure relevant tests are undertaken to determine the status of the individuals and the potential risk they may pose to persons with whom they may come into contact.

The two individuals have been required to stay at home and remain quarantined to determine whether they had been exposed to or have indeed contracted the swine influenza.

A team of medical personnel have been positioned at the Point Saline International Airport to screen persons arriving from affected countries and cities in the United States, prior to being allowed to travel to their place of residence in Grenada.  The ministry has earmarked a site to quarantine persons arriving into the country who are showing symptoms of exposure to the virus. These symptoms include fever, coughing, headache, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea.

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Emma Herry-Thompson is coordinating the ministry’s response to the issue.
`We have put measures in place that will help us to stave off or limit any potential exposure to the Swine Influenza Virus and we are providing information at our ports of entry that will help persons who are not infected or have been exposed to the virus,` said CMO Herry-Thompson.

She added that the Grenada government is in touch with the Mexican government concerning the position of students there and is working to ensure their safety.  

Meanwhile, the Grenada Consul General in New York, Derrick James, says his office has shipped approximately 90 face masks to Grenadian students in Mexico. An additional 400 masks are being prepared for shipment to the students.