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DOH cites importance of self-quarantine for AH1N1

Iloilo City (30 June) -- Dr. Vito Roque, head of the surveillance unit of National Epidemiological Center of the Department of Health (DOH) underscored the importance to practice responsible self-monitoring for five to 10 days for those who traveled to countries affected by the virus and have been exposed to a confirmed case.

"This is because travelling to affected countries and contacts with confirmed cases are the two biggest causes of the spread of the virus," said Roque during a recent media briefing held in Malacanang.

The public were also advised by Roque to undergo anti-swine flu examination only if they exhibit flu-like symptoms or had contact with a confirmed case so as not to unnecessarily clog the laboratory specimens at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

As of June 29, the country has a total of 861 confirmed cases, with 74 percent or 634 of the patients having already recovered.

Roque said the country has recorded a 0.1 percent fatality ratio with only one case of death from the AH1N1 virus.

In Western Visayas, as of June 29, the DOH-Center for Health Development 6 reported that of the 10 confirmed cases, eight have already been discharged while the two remaining cases, both from the province of Capiz, are under medication.

On the other hand, Malacanang reported that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who just arrived from a 13-day hectic trip from abroad has decided to quarantine herself against the effects of the A(H1N1) Influenza virus.

It can be recalled that during the media briefing, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo said the President and her party will comply with the guidelines issued by the DOH and the World Health Organization (WHO) on the A H1N1.

"Of course the President will follow the usual procedures such as undergoing thermal scanning. If there are no signs and symptoms it is not necessary for them to undergo self-quarantine. But if there are signs and symptoms, then that is the time we will seek the assistance of our health officials. It will be necessary for them to stay home," said Fajardo in a Malacanang report. (PIA) [top]

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