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Metro should brace for H1N1 spread — DoH

Posted on: June 20, 2009

Metro should brace for H1N1 spread — DoH

INQUIRER.net
First Posted 17:14:00 06/19/2009

Filed Under: Swine Flu, Health, Diseases, Local authorities, Education

MANILA, Philippines — With nearly seven in 10 A(H1N1) patients located in Metro Manila, the Department of Health (DoH) urged the public to remain vigilant as the virus is expected to spread further in the capital, especially during the rainy season.

Of the 344 confirmed cases of the disease, 234 or 68 percent are from Metro Manila, 45 cases or 13 percent are from Central Luzon, while 31 cases or nine percent are from the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) region, Duque said.

Of the 234 cases in the metropolis, 81 are from Quezon City, 44 are from Manila, 21 are from Parañaque City, and 15 are from Makati City, he said.

Moreover, 15 of the 19 schools with confirmed A(H1N1) cases are in Metro Manila, according to DoH data.

“There will be more cases especially now that we are having rains and it’s our flu season. H1N1 like seasonal flu can be easily transmitted from person to person so we need to be vigilant,” Duque said.

Still, Duque said there was no need to declare a community outbreak in the capital since the infections were traced to people who traveled to countries with A(H1N1) cases.

The 15 schools in Manila with confirmed A(H1N1) cases are: De La Salle University-Taft, East Asia College at Far East University, St. Andrews School in Parañaque, Ateneo de Manila High School, DLSU College of St. Benilde, Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College Marikina, Mapua Institute of Makati, Lagro Elementary School Miriam College in Q.C., Don Alejandro Roces Sr., Science and Technology High School in Quezon City, St. Paul’s College in Pasig, Lourdes School of Mandaluyong, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Dominican San Juan and San Beda College.

The DoH has declared a community outbreak of the disease only in one area, the farming village of Hilera in Jaen town, Nueva Ecija province, where the index case, or the person who started the infection, has not been traced.
Anna Valmero

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