DOH reports 54 A(H1N1) new cases; number now totals 247
Manila (18 June) -- The Department of Health (DOH) said 54 new confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) have been reported bringing the positive cases to 247 as of Tuesday (June 16).
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the 54 new cases include 25 males and 29 females with the age range of five to 70 years old; 52 of them are Filipinos and two are foreigners.
Secretary Duque said health authorities are conducting disease surveillance in Jaen, Nueva Ecija and are monitoring some 194 suspected cases in the barangays of Hilera, Pakul and Lambakin after a community-level outbreak has been declared in the province.
He said 20 students of the Hilera Elementary School in Jaen town so far have been found positive with the novel virus as they believe that the cases are now decreasing.
Duque advised residents of the province to always observe social distancing. He added DOH personnel are also conducting information dissemination there to educate townsfolk of the nature of the influenza A(H1N1) virus.
In the adjacent Bulacan province, Secretary Duque said they are observing 49 suspected cases of A(H1N1) in the towns of Bambang, Sta. Ana and Matungas.
To date, there are still eight confirmed cases at the Candelaria National High School in the province as health authorities are conducting epidemiologic investigation there to identify the source of the disease.
Duque advised parents in the area not to panic as the DOH have proper control on the incident. He said health officials are also monitoring the suspected cases and those that were affected by the virus were given anti-viral medicine.
Meanwhile, Secretary Duque said while the number of confirmed cases of the novel virus continue to rise, the good news is that A(H1N1) patients discharged from hospital quarantine after they have fully recovered from the disease are increasing.
The DOH chief said that to date, the country has 85 fully recovered cases as they were already sent to their respective homes.
He said from the total of 71 as of June 15, 14 recovered cases were added Tuesday.
The World Health Organization said there are 35,928 confirmed A(H1N1) cases in a total of 76 countries at present. Of the number, 163 deaths have been recorded. (PIA) [top]