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PIA Press Release
2009/06/16

Duque reports 33 more A(H1N1) cases; confirms community outbreak in one barangay in Jaen

Manila (16 June) -- Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III announced on Monday 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. (PIA) [top]

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