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CHD-2 belies reports on AH1N1 cases in Cagayan Valley

Santiago City, Isabela (25 June) -- With the AH1N1 reaching 76 countries in the world and now in the country, the Cagayan Valley's Center for Health and Development belied reports that there are cases of swine flu or AH1N1 in the region.

CHD chief Lydia Ramos said a report has reached her office that there are texts circulating among cell phone users on cases of AH1N1 in the region that made the public panic.

Director Ramos clarified that there are no reported cases of AH1N1 in the region since the private and public hospitals have no recorded cases, and advised the public not to believe on hearsays.

She said only the DOH and Center for Health Development officials have the authority to confirm cases of AH1N1, that the text circulating are only insinuations and the people behind it only want to scare the public.

The CHD chief, however, announced that officially there is no truth on the text circulating on cases of AH1N1 in Cagayan Valley.

Ramos assured and reiterated to he public that if there are indeed cases of such disease, the CHD would only be the authorized agency to make public announcement and not from any unauthorized individual or offices.

The AH1N1 cases has been reported in Central Luzon particularly in a public school in the province of Nueva Ecija that prompted the Department of Education to suspend classes.

The Department of Health has recorded a total count of infected cases nationwide that soared to 445 after 17 more were recorded last week, however, of the total cases, the DOH said 374 have fully recovered.

The DOH has also confirmed the death of a 49-year old woman afflicted with AH1N1 virus but known to have pre-existing illnesses.

The DOH Secretary further clarified that the cause of the victim's death was not the viral infection but rather congestive heart failure secondary to acute myocardial infraction aggravated by severe pneumonia either bacterial or viral. (PIA Isabela) [top]

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