No abnormal school flu activity

Health officials report that there has not been a surge in flu cases since the schools reopened last week.

The first week of school has not led to any reports of abnormally high cases of flu, according to Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Joy Wallace.

‘While this is encouraging, we must remain vigilant,’ said Ms Wallace in a statement released on Thursday. ‘For now there seems to be a lull in the amount of cases overall, although we have admitted two patients with H1N1 flu to the hospital this week, both with underlying medical conditions,’ she said.

Public health officials reiterated the importance of personal actions that can limit the spread of the H1N1 virus, such as social distancing, keeping sick children out of school and hand washing.

Medical Director of the Health Services Authority Greg Hoeksema said in the general population, only four new cases confirmed as H1NI in the past month. ‘We haven’t seen any uptake so far as a result of the kids going back to school.’

For more information on H1N1 the public can visit www.CaymanPrepared.ky or www.hsa.ky. The Health Services Authority also offers direct responses to flu queries through its flu email and message system – [email protected]. This complements the 24-hour flu hotline (926-2812) manned by HSA staff.

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