St. Lucia’s department of Health and Wellness has received confirmation of the association of H1N1 Influenza, in 1 of the recent respiratory related deaths among males.
This confirmation was received from the Laboratory at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad.
H1N1 influenza has also been confirmed in other persons who only developed mild flu like illness and who recovered completely with treatment.
H1N1 influenza (also referred to as Swine Flu) is caused by a virus. This virus was the cause of the influenza pandemic in 2009.
Since then, it has become one of many respiratory viruses which circulate each year during the flu season. Therefore, its confirmation is not unusual.