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95% of 1,709 H1N1 patients recover – DoH

Posted on: July 9, 2009

95% of 1,709 H1N1 patients recover – DoH

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 15:15:00 07/09/2009

Filed Under: Swine Flu, Health, Diseases

MANILA, Philippines – Ninety-five percent of the 1,709 confirmed Influenza A(H1N1) cases as of last week have recovered from the disease, a health official said, as she warned that more people would be infected by the virus.

The Department of Health (DoH) did not confirm new A(H1N1) cases this week because test results of suspected patients have yet to be released by the National Epidemiology Center, said Doctor Yolanda Oliveros, director of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

“About 95 percent of the 1,709 cases reported last week are now fully recovered from the illness. Majority of them have been mild cases and were treated with Tamiflu,” she said.

While the A(H1N1) strain that infected people in the country was mild, Oliveros said the public should continue taking the necessary precautions by observing proper hygiene and boosting their immune system.

“The virus is here and it spreads rapidly. No one can tell if there would be a second wave from a more virulent form of the virus,” she said.

Oliveros also reiterated the health department’s warning against food supplements that claim to cure A(H1N1).

“We repeatedly stress that there are no vaccines or food supplements that can cure those infected of the virus,” she said.


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