28 new suspected H1N1 cases quarantined
Posted May 27, 2009on:
28 new suspected H1N1 cases quarantined By Anna Valmero INQUIRER.net First Posted 14:34:00 05/27/2009 Filed Under: Swine Flu, Health, Diseases MANILA, Philippines – Twenty-eight new suspected cases of the Influenza A(H1N1) virus have been quarantined and submitted to tests in government hospitals in the capital and in the provinces, the Department of Health (DoH) said Wednesday. Meanwhile, the two confirmed A(H1N1) cases – a 10-year-old girl and a 50-year-old woman – will be discharged from the hospital if their repeat tests on Wednesday clears them of the disease, said health undersecretary Mario Villaverde. “Both cases are well and have no symptoms [of the disease] as of today [Wednesday],” the undersecretary told reporters. The seven suspected cases that were reported in Metro Manila on Tuesday were cleared of A(H1N1) infection, Villaverde said. Of the 28 new cases, 21 are from Metro Manila, four are from Central Visayas, two are from Caraga, and one is from Western Mindanao, he said. The patients, with ages ranging from nine months to 72 years, are confined at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and the Lung Center of the Philippines in the capital and in regional government hospitals, he said. Villaverde said the DoH was verifying a tip received through text message about a Filipino-Japanese boy who was suspected to have the A(H1N1) virus. “The only thing we know is that his mother is Filipina and his father is Japanese. We don’t know his age or if he resides in the country,” he said. According to the World Health Organization, a total of 12,954 people have been infected with A(H1N1), 92 of whom died.