Philippines now has 10 H1N1 cases
Posted May 28, 2009on:
DoH confirms 4 new cases
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 14:35:00 05/28/2009
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Four more people were confirmed to be infected with the Influenza A(H1N1) virus, bringing to 10 the total number of confirmed cases of the disease, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said Thursday.
Duque said the four new patients had contact with two Taiwanese nationals at a wedding in Zambales province. The Taiwanese woman and her child tested positive for A(H1N1) when they returned to their country.
The four new cases include three Filipinos – a 24-year-old woman and her one-year-old daughter, and a 47-year-old man – and a 13-year-old male foreigner, the health secretary said.
The patients are under quarantine in government hospitals and are being given the anti-flu medicine Tamiflu, he said.
Two other cases that were confirmed on Wednesday, a 55-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, also had contact with the Taiwanese national in Zambales.
Duque said the DoH was expecting four more people who were at the Zambales wedding to test positive for A(H1N1) since the “transmission rate” of the disease is 20 percent.
Fifty people were at the wedding with the Taiwanese mother and child and the DoH has confirmed six transmissions, four cases shy of 20 percent, the health chief said.
“We expect more confirmed cases… There should be four more. Right now, we are reporting six confirmed cases,” Duque said.
In spite of the increasing number of infections there, Duque said there was no need to quarantine the village where the wedding was held.
“There is no indication that there is sustained community transmission,” he said.
A community transmission or a community outbreak occurs when the person who started the infection could not be identified. In the Zambales case, the DoH traced the infection to the Taiwanese nationals.
“This is a mild form of illness and there is no need for public alarm,” he said.
Duque said the DoH was set to receive 500,000 Tamiflu capsules to boost its current one-million stockpile of the anti-flu medicine.
On top of the 10 confirmed cases, the DoH is monitoring 21 cases, eight of whom were cleared while 13 are awaiting their test results, the secretary said.