The Health Ministry says six additional cases of the highly contagious and potentially deadly H1-N1 virus or the swine flu have been confirmed in Jamaica.

This brings to a total of eight confirmed cases on the island. On Monday it was reported in that only two cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Jamaica.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Hay, this afternoon confirmed reports reaching our news center that the number of cases has increased.

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Dr. De La Hay says the Health Ministry is now seeking to determine whether Jamaica is experiencing an outbreak of the swine flu.

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Dr. De La Hay is urging persons who are experiencing severe flu like symptoms to seek medical care within 24 hours.

He says there’s no need to panic but the swine flu is to be taken seriously.

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The Chief Medical Officer says medical practitioners have also been mandated to report suspected cases of patients suffering severe respiratory difficulties in a timely manner.

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Meanwhile, Dr. De La Hay says the Ministry is closely monitoring a spike in cases the Dengue Fever.

He says the Health Ministry is also awaiting the results from 90-samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency, CARPHA, for testing for the Zika-Virus.

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Dr. De La Hay says Jamaica should very soon be able to do its own testing for the Zika-Virus.

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