More swine flu cases ID’ed

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority confirmed Wednesday that another two cases of the novel H1N1 virus were identified in the Cayman Islands, bringing the total number of confirmed cases here to nine.

The latest confirmed cases are two adults.

Health Services Medical Director, Dr. Greg Hoeksema, said both patients are experiencing a mild illness and are recovering at home without antiviral medications. The latest cases reinforce that this novel H1N1 flu is no more concerning at the moment than the other three influenza viruses now circulating in the Cayman Islands.

Dr Anna Matthews, Acting Medical Officer of Health, emphasizes that the rise in the number of cases was expected and has been in line with global patterns of transmission. She expects to see a continued increase in the number of locally confirmed H1N1 cases, particularly in light of the mobility of the population.

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