40 die from influenza, no novel coronavirus detected
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has recorded another death due to the influenza virus this season, raising the number of fatalities to 40.
The MoH issued a statement on Monday which included data up until the period February 7, 2020.
It said the number of suspected cases for 2020 thus far stands at 158 while the cumulative number of vaccines administered to the public is 87,603.
Last year's suspected influenza cases stood at 3,854.
The Influenza virus is serious and generally more severe than the common cold. The flu vaccine is available at no cost, at all health centres.
Persons in the following groups are particularly vulnerable to the virus and are urged to get the flu vaccine:
- Children aged 6 months to 5 years;
- Pregnant women;
- Adults over 65;
- People with chronic medical conditions (such as Diabetes Mellitus);
- People with chronic respiratory illnesses (such as Asthma).
People in the health care workforce and essential services are also encouraged to get the flu vaccine.
Meanwhile, regarding the novel coronavirus, as at 6 am on Monday, there has been no confirmed cases in Trinidad and Tobago.
A total of 618 flights and 47,039 passengers and airline crew members have been screened.
The Ministry has reiterated the following advice to prevent contracting or spreading these diseases:
- Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub;
- 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.