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2009/06/22

Text messages on A(H1N1) not true; no case yet, DOH Region 2 says

Tuguegarao City (22 June) -- "The texts you are receiving, giving information on A(H1N1) are not true," said Dr. Lydia Depra-Ramos, Regional Director of DOH Region 2 in a press conference here.

Dr. Ramos said they are also receiving many text messages and calls from unidentified personalities informing and inquiring about the AH1N1 cases here in the region, but upon validation of the immediate response team, the messages were found to be false alarm.

Ramos advised the public not to entertain or believe too much on the proliferating text messages because only officials from DOH can determine whether a person is positive with AH1N1 virus and could declare whether there are already cases in the region.

"We don't have single case yet, but we have 4 suspected cases who were subjected for swab test and the results turned negative," Ramos sated.

The Director cleared that among four swab tests, one test result was released but it was negative, the other three were not yet returned but she assumes that those are negative cases.

"I assume that the other tests are also negative because if they turn out to be positive, we will immediately send the results to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) for an immediate action to the patients," Ramos said.

Ramos also informed that the suspects submitted themselves to self-quarantine in their respective houses and now they have already recovered and got well.

Ramos also announced that if a person feels the symptoms and signs of A(H1N1) he or she must go directly to CVMC or to DOH regional office to be examined and be subjected to swab test to determine if they are positive with the virus. (Ver/PIA 2) [top]

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