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Philippines now has 10 H1N1 cases

DoH confirms 4 new cases

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 14:35:00 05/28/2009

Filed Under: Diseases, Health, Swine Flu

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. Read the rest of this entry »


<A href=”&gt;Keep distance from Pacquiao, fans told</A>
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 15:07:00 05/08/2009

Filed Under: Pacquiao, Swine Flu

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing fans should keep their distance from their idol, Manny Pacquiao, and his entourage if they plan to attend his public appearances as a precaution against contracting the Influenza A(H1N1) virus, a health official said.

With the consent of his supporter, Environment Secretary Lito Atienza, Pacquiao defied advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DoH), and went home on Friday from the United States, where there have been confirmed cases of the deadly strain of swine flu. Read the rest of this entry »

DoH issues travel tips vs swine flu

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 13:15:00 05/07/2009

Filed Under: Swine Flu, Travel & Commuting, Health, Diseases

MANILA, Philippines—Health officials urged passengers arriving in the country to help in the fight against the new Influenza A (H1N1) virus by filling up health declaration checklists and reporting flu-like symptoms days after arrival to facilitate quarantine procedures.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that all travelers arriving in all local sea- and airports have to manifest via a health declaration checklist the countries visited for the past three weeks to determine if they came from areas with swine-flu outbreaks such as Mexico and the United States.

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Postpone homecoming DoH chief tells Pacquiao

Postpone homecoming, DoH chief tells Pacquiao

Champ told to go on self-quarantine
By Dona Pazzibugan, Anna Valmero
Philippine Daily Inquirer,
First Posted 13:49:00 05/06/2009

Filed Under: Pacquiao, Swine Flu, Health, Diseases

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) The Department of Health (DoH) has advised boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to postpone his plan to come home from Los Angeles, California this Friday, as a precautionary move to prevent the spread of the Influenza A(H1N1) virus here.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III urged Pacquiao to move his arrival to Tuesday next week.

“We’ll convince them [to postpone their arrival]. I don’t want to imagine they will not agree,” Duque said.

Duque said the World Health Organization has reported a “third-generation human-to-human transmission” of the virus in Los Angeles, citing the case of a Mexican who infected another individual, who in turn contaminated a third person.

In the meantime, Pacquiao, his family and entourage should go on a strict “self-quarantine” starting Wednesday and for the next five days, the health chief said.

“Since Manny Pacquiao is in Los Angeles … it is better to be conservative,” he said. “Part of our message to them is that beginning today, they shouldn’t be going out anymore. They should impose self-quarantine.”

Should they develop fever and other flu symptoms during this five-day self-quarantine period, they should have themselves checked in a hospital. If they would not develop any flu symptoms, they could come home, he said.

Self-quarantine means Pacquiao and his family and entourage should stay in their homes or apartments in Los Angeles and that they should not receive guests.

“Manny is unique because people would like to welcome him. We don’t want this to be a cause of unnecessary spread [of the virus],” said Duque.

Pacquiao, his wife, mother and others in his entourage drove from Las Vegas to Los Angeles to celebrate his second-round knockout victory over Hatton in a light welterweight bout Sunday.

The government declared a “national day of celebration” on Friday to welcome Pacquiao back. Weather forecasters, however, predict it could also be a rainy day in Manila from an approaching storm.

Duque said 10 people have been under observation for swine flu in the Philippines since May 1 and five of them have already been cleared of the virus.

Of the remaining cases, two are Filipinos who returned separately from Ireland and the United States, two boys aged 9 and 12 from South Korea and a 26-year-old woman from Britain. They are under observation at different government health facilities.

Duque also said he will chair a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, starting Thursday of health ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, plus those from Japan, China and South Korea.

He said the health ministers will try to craft a binding resolution on pandemic preparedness and action plans to be submitted to the world health assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 18.

With a report from the Associated Press

DOH sets P10M for anti-swine flu drugs

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 14:05:00 04/30/2009

Filed Under: Swine Flu, Health

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health will allot P10 million from its budget for 2009 to buy additional medicines against the swine flu virus, Secretary Francisco Duque said Thursday.

The amount can buy about 100,000 tamiflu capsules, which will be good for 10,000 swine flu cases, DUque told a press conference.
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VIDEO: RP braces for global pandemic

MANILA, Philippines–Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says government has allotted P10 million pesos to increase stocks of Tamiflu capsules against swine flu. Video report by reporter Anna Valmero.


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