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RITM clears 5 H1N1 CUOs in Western Visayas

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (3 June) -- The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) cleared the five persons in Western Visayas suspected of having the Influenza A (H1N1) virus.

In the regular DOH press conference at the PIA 6 Regional Office, Dr. Glenn Alonsabe, Regional Epidemiologist told Iloilo media that the five persons have visited the US, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. They arrived in the region on separate dates, and upon exhibiting flu-like symptoms they were put under observation at the Western Visayas Medical Center.

Alonsabe lauded the media for the responsible handling of report and the education of the public.

"Since the day Western Visayas recorded its first H1N1 CUO or Case Under Observation, the report did not alarm or cause panic, and that simply shows that our media ethically informed and educated the public of the H1N1 virus".

During the press conference, Alonsabe also requested the media to help DOH in monitoring if all schools in the region have adequate hand washing and sanitation facilities in order to guard the pupils/students against the threats posed by the H1N1 virus.

Meanwhile, the Malacanang press report disclosed that DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III met with health officials to come up with collaborative measures to contain the spread of the flu virus which has already registered 21 cases in the county.

Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the DOH has assured there is no community outbreak yet of the illness and the increase in flu cases has not yet reached an alarming level, the Malacanang pres report disclosed.(PIA 6) [top]

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