Call to be on guard

The Ministry of Health is warning Barbadians to be on their guard as the island experiences a “significant” upsurge in cases of viral illnesses.

The caution came yesterday from both acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Anton Best and senior medical officer of health (North) Dr Leslie Rollock.

Best reported that after investigations, specifically in the area of disease surveillance, the ministry had determined there was an increase in rhino (cold) viruses, as well as some flu viruses.

The response came in the wake of yesterday’s Front Page story in the DAILY NATION which highlighted the concerns of parents about a large number of children falling ill at Harrison College with flu-like symptoms. Since then, other schools have reported students and some teachers being sick with similar symptoms, including sore throat, vomiting and headache along with feelings of lethargy.

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