DOH update no. 9 on A(H1N1) virus: RP still free from virus

UPDATE NO. 9
May 13, 2009

DOH STATEMENT ON INFLUENZA A (H1N1) MONITORING

From May 1, 2009 to May 13, 2009 the total number of CUOs reported by the Department of Health is now 46. Thirty-nine of these tested negative for Influenza A (H1N1) virus, seven CUOs have pending laboratory results.

Thirty-two of the CUOs were observed at DOH designated referral hospitals. Twenty-five were admitted at Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), 3 at San Lazaro Hospital (SLH) and 4 at the Vicente Sotto Medical Center (VSMC).

Ages ranged from 1 year to 80 years old. Fifty-four percent of the cases were between 8 to 40 years old. Fifty-four percent (25) of the cases were males. There was no reported death.

The CUOs were all travelers coming from Influenza A H1N1 affected countries: Australia, Canada, China (Mainland), Hong Kong, Korea, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America.

The Philippines is still free from Influenza A (H1N1).

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that the number of confirmed Influenza A (H1N1) cases increased from 4,694 on May 11 to 5,251 on May 12. Mexico (56), USA (3), Canada (1) and Costa Rica (1) have reported deaths from this novel virus. The total number of deaths is now 61. Currently, the USA has the highest number of cases (2,600) followed by Mexico (2,059). However, fatality in the US remains low (0.12%) compared to Mexico (2.72%).

Thirty countries have reported confirmed Influenza A (H1N1) cases. These countries include: Australia, Austria, Argentina, Brazil Canada, Hong Kong, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the USA.

The DOH will continue to intensify its surveillance in ports, airports and the community so that cases of influenza A (H1N1) are detected early and appropriate control measures implemented immediately.

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