Dominica health officials reported this week that that the prevalent strain of influenza affecting Dominicans is the H3N2 and H2N2 viruses.

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The Ministry Of Health and Environment confirmed an outbreak of acute respiratory infections in Dominica. To this date, the ministry can confirm there are three different types of viruses circulating in Dominica; namely the parainfluenza type 2 viruses, the rhinovirus and the Respiratory Syncytial virus (RSV).

National Epidemiologist, Dr. Shalauddin Ahmed, confirmed that the outbreak is affecting all seven health districts and has become more pervasive in the Roseau health districts. He says ongoing investigations have shown that patients suffering with the flu during this outbreak are infected with H3N2 and H2N3 viruses.

“In the beginning we have seen clinical presentation more like the par influenza type 2 and later in the outbreak we are seeing influenza flu….this is more similar to influenza type a (H3N2).”

Dr Ahmed encourages members of the general public to get vaccinated as he says the Ministry of Health has invested heavily in costly flu vaccines.