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VGuv seeks to contain Boholana with A H1N1

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (5 June) -- Acting Governor Julius Caesar Herrera is now asking concerned Boholanos to report the whereabouts of a Boholana who may be unknowingly spreading swine flu infection now.

The possible carrier who may not have followed the self-quarantine procedures implemented for persons who entered the country during the reported swine flu outbreak went to a party recently.

She has been at large and is freely moving about, following a few days of hospital treatment regimen at a hospital in the city, and Herrera wants the possible carrier to be contained as soon.

Herrera hinted that the patient could be spreading the virus, which can be transmitted by physical contact and the danger spreads daily with the patient freely moving.

Herrera, who sits at the Capitol top post for the governor who is on official state visit said he received reports baring that the regional health authorities have learned of the positive tests conducted by the Regional Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) for the OFW Boholana patient.

The overseas foreign worker patient reportedly came from Qatar and went home last May 24.

She later complained of fever and has to be admitted at the Borja Clinic where, Herrera said, she underwent tests and had her laboratory samples taken to the Alabang Institute for test confirmation.

The patient whose name is currently withheld, gave out her address as upper JA Clarin St. in Tagbilaran City and Koinonia Hill in Sungcolan Dauis.

During a radio interview Thursday, Herrera said unluckily, before the tests results were sent back to the Bohol health facility, the hospital has released the patient.

It was however not reported if the cause of the hospital release was due to patient recovery.

The RITM is the only facility in the country that can test and validate the positive infection of the swine virus, explains Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Reymoses Cabagnot Friday.

This too as the Department of Health has raised he alarm over the 29 reported cases of influenza A (H1N1) or commonly called swine flu.

While the PHO said mortality incidence for swine flu is less than 1 % per thousand, he stressed that Boholanos should practice basic hygiene to keep from the infection.

In the country, Health secretary Francisco Duque stressed that in all of the confirmed cases, patients manifested only with mild symptoms reflecting the general trend and behavior of the virus in other affected countries.

He also said, "We do not want a disproportionately destructive global scare from a virus that has thus far only shown mild symptoms in most of the cases that we are seeing in affected countries. We do not need that at this at a time of great economic crisis and uncertainty. But at the same time, we should not also underestimate the potential of the virus to become more severe in the future." (PIA) [top]

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