Monday, June 15, 2009

H1N1 — 193 Cases sa Pilipinas — Outbreak in Bgy. Hilera, Jaen, Nueva Ecija and at the Doña Candelaria Meneses Duque High School in Bulacan, Bulacan

15 June 2009

As of late afternoon today, there are 193 confirmed H1N1 cases in the Philippines according to the DOH.  There were 46 new confirmed cases during  the day on top of yesterday's count of 147.

Eight (8) of those 46 new cases are students of the Doña Candelaria Meneses Duque High School in Bulacan, Bulacan. Eleven (11) students of the Hilera Elementary School in Jaen, Nueva Ecija, tested positive for H1N1 last week prompting local executives and the DOH to declare an outbreak in the barangay.

This is Update No. 41 from the DOH website:

Update 41 -Duque Reports 33 More A(H1N1) Cases Sent Home Over the Weekend While Confirming Community Outbreak in 1 Brgy in Jaen

15 June 2009  
H1N1 UPDATE NO. 41Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III today announced that 33 more A (H1N1) patients have been sent home over the weekend after recovering from the said illness. To date, the country has already 71 fully recovered cases.   

Meanwhile, Duque also reported that there were 46 more confirmed mild A (H1N1) cases over the weekend, thus bringing the total figure of positive cases since to 193 (including the 36 confirmed cases reported Sunday) since May 1.

The 46 new confirmed cases involved 27 females and 19 males with an age range of 9-47 years old. All of the new cases are Filipinos.

On the other hand, after falling ill with flu-like symptoms, 19 individuals from a barangay in Jaen, Nueva Ecija were tested for the novel virus. Eight of them turned out positive for A (H1 N1). Duque said that the said figures are all community cases.

The local executives in the said province declared an outbreak over the weekend. Regional health officials said that the 8 confirmed cases are all mild in nature and are all responding well to their treatments.

“It’s an outbreak of mild A (H1N1) cases,” Duque said.

Duque also reiterated that not only school authorities but barangay leaders and heads of offices, as well, across the country should continue reporting to their respective local government executives any unusual occurrence of flu-like symptoms among their students, constituents and employees, respectively, especially those who travelled last summer from countries affected with the A (H1N1).

”This effort is part of the readiness of the Department of Health (DOH) to shift from containment to mitigation”, Duque said. 

In a breaking news, 8 confirmed A (H1N1) cases out of 18 samples from Candelaria Elementary School in Candelaria, Bulacan were also reported by Duque today in his briefing with De La Salle University Officials. Details of these cases are being confirmed.

These are related video reports courtesy of GMANews.tv:


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