2 TV employees have H1N1, RP total hits 247
Posted June 17, 2009on:
By Thea Alberto, Anna Valmero
First Posted 15:07:00 06/16/2009
Filed Under: Swine Flu, Health, Diseases, Television, Media
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DoH) confirmed on Tuesday 54 new cases of Influenza A(H1N1), including two employees of television network ABS-CBN, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed cases to 247, the highest in Southeast Asia.
The two network employees are “safe and recovering,” said ABS-CBN corporate communications head Bong Osorio. He did not give additional details.
“The network will continue its normal operations and will continue to promote safety and vigilance against the A(H1N1) virus,” Osorio said in a statement.
Osorio said the network has installed hand sanitizers in its buildings, offered flu vaccinations to its employees and their dependents, and conducted random body temperature checks on studio audience and visitors.
The 54 A(H1N1) patients also include the six confirmed cases in Makati City – three residents and three students of the Mapua Institute of Technology, where classes were suspended starting Tuesday.
No deaths have been reported and 85 of the 247 A(H1N1) patients have been discharged from the hospital, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said.
Duque said the rising number of A(H1N1) cases was no cause for alarm because the DoH was simply being “very transparent” in reporting new cases.
Last Sunday, the DoH declared a community outbreak of the disease in the farming village of Hilera in Nueva Ecija province north of Manila.
“Wearing masks is not advisable means to prevent spread of the H1N1 flu. An infected person should stay at home and observe self quarantine for 10 days and have supportive treatment,” Duque said, as he reiterated the importance of proper hygiene.
While the virus was “pretty stable,” Duque said the public must not be complacent because the virus could mutate into a deadlier strain.