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DOH asks school administrators and students to watch out for A(H1N1)

Manila (2 June) -- The Department of Health on Monday urged school administrators to remain vigilant and implement the recommended preventive measures for controlling the spread of Infuenza A (H1N1) among students.

On the first day of school, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III joined DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus at the launch of the Oplan Balik Eskuela to ensure the readiness of schools at all levels to prevent and control of Influenza A (H1N1) among students.

Duque also re-oriented DepEd, CHED and TESDA officials and school administrators on the School Response Level System for A (H1N1) which outlines the criteria for suspending classes and the actions expected at different response levels particularly when cases of A (H1N1) are reported in schools and when there is already sustained community transmission.

Based on the DOH recommendations and assessment of local conditions, the suspension of classes within a school can be announced by the school administrators concerned if there is already one or more confirmed case of A (H1N1) (Level 3).

AT Level 4, where there is already community transmission, DepEd, CHED and TESDA officials can announce school closure of one or more schools in the affected area.

Meanwhile, DOH reported another five additional cases of A (H1N1) bringing the total number of positive cases in the country to 21.

Two of the five confirmed cases were connected to the Taiwanese nationals who tested positive for the virus, a 40-year old female and a 51-year old male.

The three others all traveled to the United States, a 19-year old male, a 45-year old male and a 39-year old female.

All five are Filipinos.

They are now confined in health facilities where they are receiving Oseltamivir and supportive treatment.

All travelers that have gone to Influenza A(H1N1) affected country or have been exposed to a confirmed case of Influenza A(H1N1) and have fever, cough, sore throat or other flu-like symptoms, are requested by health authorities to consult immediately with the nearest health facility.

DOH can be reached through hotlines (02) 711-1001 or 711-1002.

Since May 1, 2009, the DOH has recorded 315 CUOs (cases under observation).

Out of the 315 CUOs, 21 were reported as confirmed cases, 262 were discarded when results came in negative, and 32 still have pending results.

The DOH reported that it has 30 new CUOs as of Monday.

In its latest report dated May 29, the World Health Organization reported a total of 15,510 cases and 99 deaths from 53 reporting countries. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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