‘Low-level’ H1N1 outbreak in Metro – DoH
Posted June 24, 2009on:
First Posted 17:26:00 06/23/2009
Filed Under: Swine Flu, Health, Diseases, Education
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health declared a “low-level” community outbreak of the Influenza A(H1N1) virus in Metro Manila, where roughly 70 percent of the 473 confirmed cases of the disease are located.
A community outbreak is declared when there is a third-level transmission, wherein a person contracts the disease from another person who was infected by the index case, or the person who started the spread of the disease in the community, health undersecretary Mario Villaverde said.
The outbreak was declared in Quezon City, Manila, and Parañaque, and in the areas of 18 schools where a third level transmission was confirmed, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said.
“There is third generation transmission in Metro Manila — a low level community outbreak, not huge clusters in the whole of Metro Manila but only limited to schools,” Duque said.
On Monday, the DoH reported that a 49-year-old woman with A(H1N1), who works at the House of Representatives, died last week, though it was not confirmed if she died due to the virus.
Duque reiterated his appeal to the public not to panic as he reminded them to observe proper hygiene, boost their resistance and consult a doctor if they have flu symptoms.
Also on Tuesday, the DoH confirmed 28 new cases of A(H1N1), including 16 males and 12 females, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 473. All of the new cases have no travel history to countries with A(H1N1).
The DoH also reported that 26 more patients have recovered from the illness, bringing the recovery rate to 85 percent of the total confirmed cases.