DOH update on A(H1N1) monitoring

Testing for the flu virus -- but the ordinary human flu virus, not the A(H1N1) -- at the RITM

May 16, 2009

Today, the Department of Health reported three new cases under observation. One was negative for influenza A (H1N1), while the laboratory results for two cases are still pending. The total number of cases that the DOH monitored since May 1 to May 14 is now 57. Forty-eight of these cases were reported from the National Capital Region, six from Region VII, and one case each for Regions IV-A, V and X.

The reported cases had history of travel to the following countries with confirmed influenza A (H1N1) cases: Australia, Canada, China (Mainland), Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
As of May 15, the World Health Organization reported Belgium as a new country with a confirmed case of A (H1N1). The total number of confirmed influenza A (H1N1) cases reported in 34 countries is now 7,520. This is a 16% increase compared to the number reported in the previous day (6,497). The most number of new confirmed cases (946/1,022) was from the USA. No new deaths were reported; the total number of deaths is still 65.
While the Philippines is still free from Influenza A (H1N1), the DOH reiterates that they 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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