Health Minister Fuad Khan last night apologised to the Express for the “swine flu”, “bird flu” mix-up.
In a news release signed by Khan, titled “Urgent” and headed “Apology to Trinidad Express Newspaper for inadvertently referring to the H1N1 as “bird flu”, Khan stated:
“In an interview with the Trinidad Express last night (Wednesday), the Minister of Health, in discussing the three confirmed cases of Influenza A (H1N1) in Trinidad and Tobago, inadvertently referred to the cases as “bird flu.” The Influenza A (H1N1) is often referred in the international media as the “swine flu.”
“The ‘bird flu’ is caused by a type of influenza virus that rarely infects humans but it is often deadly when it does. In recent years, there have been outbreaks of “bird flu” in Asia, Africa and parts of Europe. There have been no known cases of “bird flu” in Trinidad and Tobago.
“The Minister of Health wishes to apologise to the Trinidad Express for this miscommunication. Notwithstanding, the Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the Influenza A (H1N1) virus and urges the population to remain vigilant and exercise good hygiene at all times.”
The Express also apologises to readers for the confusion caused yesterday by the minister’s error. The feedback we received pointing out the error is much appreciated.