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     Patient in Guyana confirmed to have H1N1 virus

January 4, 2016
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Guyana’s Ministry of Public Health has received confirmation that a Guyanese patient who was hospitalized after showing signs of swine flu, has been infected with H1N1. Public Health Minister Dr. George Norton says the 50 year old patient returned to Guyana from China, and developed the symptoms in a two-week period. The patient, who was at a private city hospital, has since been transferred by his family to a facility overseas. The Caribbean Public Health Agency Laboratory in Trinidad returned the results last week; after that, measures were taken to vaccinate staff members who were treating the man. The Public Health Ministry says it has been monitoring the situation over the last 12 months, and has not detected any other H1N1 case in Guyana. The Ministry also says it has had an active disease surveillance system in place, particularly at Guyana’s two main airports: the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and the Ogle International Airport.
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