Public health is confirming the latest H1N1 Virus-related death this evening, but officials weren't willing to provide that confirmation earlier today. KUAM caught up with public health director Peter Roberto, the governor, lieutenant governor and other administration officials this afternoon at adelup amidst swirling Rumors that guam's swine flu pandemic had claimed another victim.
Roberto, this afternoon however, would not comment. "I can say that but how bout we just move with getting the actual statement from me when I issue it. That's the better approach that's what we like to do". Around five o'clock this evening, the department confirmed the death but remained vague on details saying the individual was between the ages of 5 and 24 and had severe preexisting health conditions. Roberto in a statement said they are not releasing more information as they are awaiting notification of next of kin.
Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola meanwhile confirmed with KUAM that he has not conducted an autopsy on any individual who died from the swine flu.
Meanwhile, local clinics are discouraging individuals with flu like symptoms from coming in.
Dr. Lee Meadows of the Seventh Day Adventist Clinic says that children under five, women that are pregnant, and individuals with asthma or other underlying diseases that may cause complications should come into the clinic immediately for treatment. But he's instructed his nurses, as per cdc protocol, to screen patients that are not at a high risk and ask that they not come into the clinic unless absolutely necessary. "There's several reasons we'd sort of like them not to if they can help it one is so we don't overwhelm the system and two it's an expense for them that isn't necessary".
Patients should be vigilant and keep track of how long their symptoms progress and if they don't get better after 4-5 days, residents should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
by Janjeera Hail