DOH May 20 ’09 update on A(H1N1)

Before a swab is tested, the virus has to be inactivated first.
Update no. 16
May 20, 2009

As of May 20, the Department of Health has identified two new cases under observation from Region 7. Both cases had history of travel from Japan. Their laboratory test results for Influenza A(H1N1), together with one case reported yesterday, are still pending. All other previous cases tested negative for Influenza A(H1N1). While the intensive laboratory testing procedures for individuals possibly infected with Influenza A(H1N1) is on-going, the DOH reiterates that the influenza-like illness monitoring at the community level is also enhanced. This is to ensure that outbreaks of influenza are detected early and control measures are implemented immediately.

Though the World Health Organization has reported 9,830 confirmed Influenza A(H1N1) cases in 40 countries as of May 19, only five new deaths were reported. The case fatality rate remains below 1%.

Even though the Philippines remains Influenza A(H1N1) free to date, the Department of Health reminds all concerned agencies to continuously be on alert against the possible entry of Influenza A(H1N1) to our country. At the ports of entry, all incoming passengers from countries with confirmed Influenza A(H1N1) should closely monitor their health status for 10 days from arrival. Should they developed flu-like signs and symptoms, they are advised to seek medical consult early for prompt testing for Influenza A(H1N1) and for immediate institution of proper medical management.

With all of our concerted efforts, let us do our very best in maintaining the Philipines Influenza A(H1N1) free.

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