On August 20, 2007, Department of Agriculture officers investigated the outbreak of swine flu in Nueva Ecija and some other areas in Central Luzon. The mortality rate is less than 10% for swine flu, unless there are complications like hog cholera. On July 27, 2007, the Philippine National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) raised a hog cholera “red alert” warning over Metro Manila and 5 regions of Luzon after the disease spread to backyard pig farms in Bulacan and Pampanga, even if these areas tested negative for the swine flu virus.
Be vigilant! Report A(H1N1) virus cases immediately.
On Thursday, June 11, the World Health Organization declared the A(H1N1) virus to be a pandemic. Many people think it’s long over due, yet just as many think they went too far too soon.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the number of Influenza A(H1N1) cases in the Philippines has risen to 445, after 17 new swine flu cases were confirmed Monday. The 17 new cases include eight males and nine females ages 11 to 58. All but two of the new cases are Filipinos. Three of the new cases recently traveled to countries with confirmed cases of A(H1N1), he said.
He said 84 percent or 374 of the 445 cases of A(H1N1) cases in the Philippines since May 21 have fully recovered.
The health secretary said the DOH will be more aggressive in targeting segments of patients with a high vulnerability to fatal flu complications. These include patients with uncontrolled diabetes, frank cardiovascular disease, COPD, organ transplant recipients, those who are immunocompromised, those with chronic liver and kidney disease, people suffering from other infections like HIV/AIDs and TB, pregnant women and the very young and the elderly.
“We want to make it clear that high-risk groups, once they have the flu symptoms, should immediately go to their doctor. They should not wait for their symptoms to worsen because they are prone to many infections other than the novel virus such as our seasonal flu strains,” he said in a statement.
DOH Hospitals designated as Referral Centers for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases:
National Referral Center
Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)
Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila
Tel No. 809-7599
Sub-national Referral Centers
Luzon and Metro Manila
San Lazaro Hospital
Quiricada St., Sta. Cruz, Manila
Tel. No. 732-3776 to 78
Lung Center of the Philippines
Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Tel. No. 924-6101/924-0707
Vicente Sotto Medical Center
Tel. No. (032) 253-9891/2540057
Davao Medical Center
Bajada, Davao City
Tel. No. (082) 227-2731
Satellite Referral Hospitals
Regional Hospitals/Medical Centers of 16 regions
For more information on Influenza A(H1N1),
call (02) 711-1001 or 711-1002
or visit www.doh.gov.ph
Alerto Laban sa Flu!
Upon return from any country with reported Influenza A(H1N1) cases: Be vigilant! If you have the signs and symptoms of Influenza A(H1N1), immediately consult a doctor.
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