(Trinidad Express) An autopsy on the body of Stacy Ramkissoon has confirmed that she died as a result of the H1N1 virus – swine flu. Ramkissoon, 28, was admitted to hospital three weeks ago for what was believed to be pregnancy-related pains.
A day later, her baby was delivered by Caesarean section, but died. Ramkissoon was kept in the intensive care unit and her condition continued to deteriorate. Her family was told she had contracted swine flu and she died last Saturday.
On Wednesday, the Health Ministry issued a statement, noting: ” The post-mortem examination has determined her cause of death to be Viral-Associated Pneumonia. This brings to four (4) the number of deaths attributed to the H1N1 influenza virus for the year to date”.
The Ministry also urged citizens to seek vaccinations.
“Vaccination is a safe and effective way to prevent influenza or reduce its severity in persons at high risk of complications. The Ministry of Health would like to remind the following high-risk groups to access the influenza vaccine free of charge at the nearest health centre: