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DoH monitors 4 new suspected flu cases

Posted on: May 22, 2009

DoH monitors 4 new suspected flu cases

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 18:48:00 05/21/2009

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health is monitoring four new suspected cases of the deadly A(H1N1) Influenza, including a 10-month-old Filipino baby who arrived in the country from Thailand, a health official said.

The baby girl is the youngest suspected A(H1N1) case in the country, after an 11-month-old boy, who tested negative for the disease last March 18, health undersecretary Mario Villaverde said.

The three other new suspected cases are: a 32-year-old Filipina from Hong Kong, who is confined at a Manila hospital; a 64-year-old Filipina from the United States, who is confined at the Western Visayas Regional Hospital; and a six-year-old boy from Germany, who is confined at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City.

Test results for the four will be released on Friday, Villaverde said, adding the three suspected cases who were identified last Wednesday have tested negative for A(H1N1) infection.

“Although we remain free from H1N1, DoH as head of National Disaster Coordinating Council program for H1N1 reminds all government agencies to be alert for possible H1N1 outbreak in the country,” he said.

Health Emergency Management System (HEMS) director Carmencita Banatin said the DoH was coordinating with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to reactivate the barangay (village) health emergency response teams, which were activated during the avian flu outbreak outside the country.

Banatin said the HEMS would ask the help of the police and military to transport samples from suspected A(H1N1) cases, the tourism and transportation departments to monitor entry points, and the trade department to monitor prices of medical equipment.

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