Sunday, August 23, 2009
The ninth case of the H1N1 virus has been confirmed in Guyana.
However, unlike the first eight H1N1 cases identified, this one has not been traced to international contact.
The eighth H1N1 victim is a male Georgetown resident who is said to be in a stable condition at his home. The identification of the ninth victim is unavailable due to certain confidentiality protocols.
Health Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy is responsible for monitoring at least a thousand individuals as concerns on indigenous spread of the virus have been raised.
The Ministry of Health is in the process of acquiring a new equipment, which will facilitate local DNA testing of specimens for. The equipment should be set up by November.
In addition, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently announced that a vaccine for the virus should be made available by next month.
Guyana in time would see more cases and the public should continue to take precautions said the Health Minister.