Caribbean prepared for a potential H1N1 outbreak

| 08/12/2009

(Miami Herald): Health officials initially feared that an epidemic in the Caribbean would have caused havoc to the population and aggravated a tourism-dependent region already suffering from the tanking global economy. But that didn’t happen. “It was not as bad as we thought,” said Rudolph Cummings, program manager for health sector development on behalf of the Caribbean Community regional bloc. Still, there have been some deaths. The Dominican Republic reported 22 deaths while officials documented seven in Cuba, and five in Jamaica, compared to the more than 1,000 in the US. One country that has seen a spike in flu activity is the Cayman Islands.

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