Mexican influenza rapidly spreading on Aruba
6 Jul, 2009, 10:13 (GMT -04:00)
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ORANJESTAD — Directorate Public Health announced yesterday that there were twelve new contamination cases of the AH1N1 virus. Aruba now has 25 registered cases of infected persons. Moreover, children under the age of 15 years are not allowed into the hospitals for the time being, now that a co-worker of the children’s section has possibly contracted the influenza as well as three children of that section. Furthermore, the visitors’ hours have been restricted.
Moreover, it was announced that there was a case of another infection source. Of the twelve new cases, only one had direct contact with the infected athletes during the volleyball tournament in Trinidad.
Of the other eleven persons, it is unknown how the influenza spread. The twelve infected people are isolated at home and have slight flu symptoms.
According to epidemiologist Maribel Tromp, all infected persons are residents of the island. The virus is currently spreading without the government even knowing where it exactly comes from. “The reason why it is spreading so rapidly is that it concerns a very mild form of influenza. People not even aware of having contracted the Mexican influenza are therefore spreading the virus at work or in other public areas”, according to Tromp. There are namely other flu viruses, which show the same symptoms, such as the Rhinovirus, as well as the usual flu.