The Ministry of Health has confirmed that there have been some 346 cases of the Influenza Virus in Trinidad and Tobago between July and October this year.
An official statement issued by the Ministry today notes that the 346 case represent 48% males and 52% females.
According to the ministry, these are the flu signs and symptoms to watch out for:
–Fever –Runny Nose
–Cough –Sore throat
–Chills –Body pain or muscle pains
“The public is advised that the Influenza virus may be more severe than the common cold,” the health ministry warns.
It is urging members of the public to seek immediate medical care should they experience shortness of breath or any other severe symptom.
The health ministry also is encouraging the public to take the following necessary personal health precautions to protect themselves and their families from contracting the Influenza virus and other circulating viruses:
–Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser;
–Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way;
–Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs;
–Where possible, avoid close contact with sick people;
–While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them;
–Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. After using a tissue, throw it in the bin and wash hands thoroughly.
More information on the Influenza virus can be obtained via the Ministry of Health’s social media pages, as well as its website at www.health.gov.tt