According to a report released by the Bahamas government, swine flu killed a man in the Bahamas. The victim, a 61-year-old man, died from the HINI influenza, as reported by Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands.
“H1N1 speaks to a particular subtype of influenza and the technically correct term is H1N1 influenza. Swine flu, while it makes for great headlines, this is not the same beast that we saw in 2009. We’re saying seasonal influenza, and all influenza is serious,” said Dr. Duane Sands.
“We certainly would like to remind people that these [flu] shots are available, but certainly those high-risk individuals should get them. As a matter of fact, all adults or all persons older than six months of age should get them,” he added.
According to experts, swine flu is fatal for young populations, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.
Swine Flu Killed A Man In The Bahamas
“The majority of influenza cases expected are going to be H1N1, and we’ve now had 4,500 people take up the influenza vaccine. It is not enough, and we strongly encourage persons to go and get their flu shots,” explained Dr. Duane Sands, the Health Minister of the Bahamas.
“Health officials said that the reported number of flu cases in the country ranges from 200 to 650 annually during the flu season that runs October to May, and peaks in the month of February,” as reported by Stlucia News Online.
Swine flu is a respiratory infection caused by a type A virus, which usually affects pigs. Until now, there have been reports of transmission of the infection to humans, but since the virus undergoes constant changes, the last form seems to have passed to humans. The World Health Organization notes that it is very likely that the disease is caused by a new version of the H1N1 virus, the strain that triggers human influenza every year.