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    Latest Swine Flu Influenza A(H1N1) Cases and Outbreak in the Philippines

    Latest Swine Flu Update in the Philippines, there are now 77 confirmed cases of A(H1N1) in the Philippines mostly Filipinos from abroad but there are still no local outbreak of the virus as proper medical attention and quarantine procedures are in place.

    The first 6 confirmed cases in the Philippines, note there's no definite location to avoid panic (latest news as of June 11, 2009):

    1. a 10-year-old girl from the United States
    2. a 50-year-old woman from the United States
    3. a one-year-old baby girl who arrived from the United States
    4. a 13-year-old boy who arrived from Hong Kong
    5. a 55-year-old man who had contact with two Taiwanese nationals after attending a wedding in Zambales.
    6. a 26-year-old woman who also attended the same wedding in Zambales

    All the confirmed A(H1N1) patients are confined in government hospitals, mostly at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa.

    of latest tally of swine flu cases in the Philippines, there are several schools De La Salle University (DLSU), Far Eastern University-East Asia College, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, St. Andrews School in ParaƱaque and Ateneo de Manila University. For privacy reasons, the names and addresses of the patients can't be disclosed.

    Should you defer travel in these events? The World Health Organization does not recommend deferring travel plans, according to their official website. The Health governing body merely recommends proper hygiene, washing of hands and other things but not including wearing face masks as there are no outbreaks in the country.

    Should you be afraid? Tutubi's not really that concerned since it's a cureable disease where less than 1 percent (less than a hundred from about 12000 cases worldwide) die due to complications from pre-existing medical conditions. But he's also putting himself on self-quarantine on his return so as not to infect others should he catch the virus somewhere.

    He's no Manny Pacquiao, who's so irresponsible, he ignored the DOH warning of social distancing. It's a good thing he and his entourage don't have the virus from Las Vegas. For if he did have it, there would have been a serious A(H1N1)outbreak in the Philippines.

    Lastly, you can see flu vaccines sold at drugstores as if they can prevent A(H1N1) infections plsu the disgusting marketing pitch of a Vitamin C supplement claiming it can cure the viral infection.

    NEWS UPDATED: June 11, 2009
    Source: Inquirer.Net news reports

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:49 PM,

    1 Comments:

    At May 28, 2009, 12:01:00 AM, Blogger Mari said...

    Good to know that there is no outbreak back there. It seems the swine flu is concentrated in densely populated communities here. I have not heard of any case here in my small city.

     

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