DoH confirms 4 new H1N1 cases
Posted May 27, 2009on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 17:20:00 05/27/2009
Filed Under: Diseases, Health, Swine Flu
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) The Department of Health (DoH) has confirmed four new cases of Influenza A(H1N1), bringing to six the total number of confirmed cases of the disease, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Wednesday.
The new cases include a 55-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, both Filipinos, who had contact with two Taiwanese nationals who tested positive for the disease when they returned to their country, after attending a wedding in Zambales province, Duque said.
The other cases are a one-year-old baby girl who arrived from the United States and a 13-year-old boy who arrived from Hong Kong, Duque said.
The four are quarantined in government hospitals, Duque said , adding contact tracing for people who had come in contact with the four patients was underway.
The 13-year-old boy has recovered while the three other new cases are still suffering from coughs, Duque said.
The two earlier cases, a 10-year-old girl and a 50-year-old woman, have recovered and are set to be released from the hospital after further tests, health undersecretary Mario Villaverde said earlier Wednesday.
“There is no need to panic and there is no need to wear facial masks because there is no outbreak in the country. We expect the confirmed cases to rise due to out effective monitoring measures. We have prepared well for this,” Duque said.
The four confirmed cases were among 28 patients that were under observation for suspected A(H1N1) infection, Duque said.
Quoting reports from the Taiwan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Duque said the Taiwanese woman and her daughter who visited Zambales have fully recovered.