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Thursday, November 5, 2009 - The Ministry of Health has confirmed the first H1N1 related death. The individual was a 45 year old male with no pre-existing medical conditions. The patient had remained at home for several days while suffering from severe respiratory symptoms, before he sought medical attention. He died soon after receiving treatment and being admitted to hospital.


Persons are reminded that individuals with pre existing medical condition such as pregnancy, diabetes and lung disease are at very high risk for developing severe complications after being infected with H1N1influenza.


Individuals with persistent flu symptoms should seek medical care immediately, at the nearest Health Centre or other health facility. The public is also reminded that although most persons who acquire H1N1Influenza have only mild flu-like symptoms and recover within one week, some persons may develop more severe illness which may lead to death if not treated in a timely and aggressive manner.


The Ministry of Health wishes to express its sincerest condolences to the patient's family and loved ones. The Ministry is urging that Saint Lucians continue to be vigilant in guarding against infection from the H1N1 influenza. The public is reminded of the following recommendations: - Frequent hand washing; - Eating healthy foods; - Avoid excessive alcohol and smoking; - Exercise regularly to improve immunity to infection. Persons with flu like symptoms should cover their cough and remain away from work, school or public places for at least 1 week after seeking medical attention.


For more information on H1N1 influenza, please call: Ministry of Health: 4685300/ 4685309/ 468-5318/ 4685317/ 4685302 or 452-2301


Secretariat of the National Emergency Management Organisation, P O Box 1517, Castries, Saint Lucia

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