Only 62 Islanders were diagnosed with the H1N1 virus last week – compared to 242 in the previous week and 123 in the week before that. It is believed that the number of new cases has continued to fall significantly this week.
But the Health department has warned that although the first wave is under control, the Island could be struck by a second outbreak at any time.
Consultant microbiologist Dr Ivan Muscat said: ‘We believe that the measures we put in place, such as offering Tamiflu to patients and their contacts, have curtailed our first swine flu wave as evidenced by the fall in cases. This is now being consolidated by the protection children are getting from the vaccine. However, we must be vigilant against the possibility of a second wave, particularly as the flu season doesn’t end until March.’