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2H1N1 cases on way to recovery–DoH

Posted on: May 25, 2009

2 H1N1 cases on way the to recovery — DoH
By Dona Pazzibugan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 15:02:00 05/25/2009

Filed Under: Swine Flu, Health, Diseases

MANILA, Philippines — The two confirmed cases of Influenza A(H1N1) virus in the country appeared to have fully recovered, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III announced on Monday.

The two cases are a 10-year-old Filipino girl who arrived on May 18 from the US, and a 50-year-old Filipina who arrived on May 20 from the United States.

“Both cases are well and do not have any symptoms. They are still being monitored and will be discharged once their repeat PCR (polymerase chain reaction) becomes negative for A(H1N1),” Duque said in a news briefing.

“At present, all their close contacts have not reported any symptoms of flu and are observing home quarantine,” he added.

The Department of Health, meanwhile, has begun tracing the contacts of the 28-year-old Taiwanese woman and her five-year-old daughter, who were tested positive for the A(H1N1) flu virus upon their return to Taiwan on May 21 from the Philippines.

Duque said that upon further investigation, the two Taiwanese nationals attended a “wedding somewhere in Zambales,” and not a yoga workshop as earlier reported by Taiwanese health authorities.

He said there were “more than 50” people who attended the wedding.

The Department of Health (DoH) is also checking the flight manifest for the co-passengers of the Taiwanese mother and daughter who sat nearest to them during the flight from Taiwan to the Philippines on May 15.

“These 50 are being traced so they can be advised for quarantine of 10 days to observe any flu-like symptoms and treatment for the AH1N1 virus, should they become positive for the infection,” Duque said.

“It’s more likely [the Taiwanese nationals] brought [the virus] in here, but we have to prove it,” Duque said.

With a report from Anna Valmero, INQUIRER.net

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