Philippines hits the largest count for A(H1N1) virus in Southeast Asia
4weeks ago Philippines’ Health Sec. Duque proudly announced that Philippines is yet a A(H1N1) a.k.a Influenza A. But since last week of May, DOH announced the 1st A(H1N1) virus positive patient. From it, it was multiplied to 95 in such short time.
Now, the country hits the largest count in Southeast Asia? What does this means? Filipinos became too over confident they are ready and that the virus wont be a threat to the country. Though DOH assured that there’s no community-level outbreak (yet). From the 95 reported cases, 33 were already free from the virus.
Statistics as of June 12, 2009
Affected: 95 Location: Manila, Bulacan, Nueva Eecija and Cebu City.
Source of Article: Crawford Kilian of typepad.com
“Heath Secretary Francisco Duque III said the four patients included a 13-year-old boy who came from Hong Kong, China; a one-year-old girl who traveled from the United States; and a 55-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman who were contacts of a confirmed case from Taiwan, China.
All the patients are currently being observed in health facilities, said the health chief. The 13-year-old boy has fully recovered while the rest still have cough, he added.
The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) earlier confirmed two cases in the country and said that the two patients have already recovered but remain under quarantine.”
Posted last 2009-06-05; UPDATE from: Sina
The Philippines said Friday the number of confirmed Influenza A/H1N1 cases in a major Manila University has risen to three, providing evidence that the virus has jumped from the infected foreign student to her classmates.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a press release that the latest infected case was a 17 year-old boy in the De La Salle University (DLSU) who has no history of travel abroad.
De La Salle University reported on Wednesday its first confirmed A/H1N1 case, a Japanese exchange student who arrived in the Philippines in late May and updated on Thursday that a close contact of the Japanese student was also tested positive for the flu virus.
At least two other universities in Manila postponed the opening of classes next week over the flue scare.
By Friday, the Philippines has reported a cumulative sum of 33 A/H1N1 cases. Duque said there is no community-level outbreak of the new flu virus and the health officials are confident in putting the situation under control.