RP's A(H1N1) cases balloon to 247


Posted at Jun 16 2009 06:12 PM | Updated as of Jun 17 2009 06:51 PM

MANILA - The number of confirmed cases of influenza A (H1N1) virus in the Philippines has ballooned to almost 250, based on the latest data from the Department of Health (DOH).

The DOH announced 54 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed A(H1N1) infections in the country to 247.

The health department said the new cases include 29 females and 25 males aged 5 to 70. It added that 52 of the new cases are Filipinos and only two are foreigners.

The DOH said 85 of the infected patients have been discharged as of June 16.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III declared the country's first A (H1N1) cases last May 21. The first case is a Filipino woman who came from a trip to the United States and Canada with her parents last May 18.

The woman, who showed mild flu symptoms, has fully recovered from the viral infection.

Also on Tuesday, Lagro Elementary School in Quezon City suspended classes for 10 days due to two confirmed cases of A (H1N1).

Nine schools in the country have confirmed A(H1N1) cases including De la Salle University-Taft, DLSU-College of St. Benilde, Far Eastern University-East Asia College, St. Andrews School in Parañaque, Ateneo Grade School, Mapua Institute of Technology-Makati, Philippine Science High School Eastern Visayas Campus, Hilera Elementary School in Nueva Ecija and Doña Candelaria Highschool in Bulacan.

2 ABS-CBN employees have A (H1N1)

ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. announced Tuesday that its two employees have been infected with the influenza A(H1N1) virus.

The network said that the two employees are "already safe and recovering," and that it is closely coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) regarding the cases.

"Company officials have been closely coordinating with the Department of Health on the cases and have also conducted contact tracing to check on the health conditions of the people who may have been exposed to the two individuals," Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN's Corporate Communications, said in a statement.

Aside from this, Osorio said ABS-CBN has already implemented measures to prevent the new influenza virus from infecting other employees.

These, he said, include face-to-face briefings, regular flu advisory updates, installation of hand sanitizers around the ABS-CBN buildings in Quezon City, regular flu vaccination for employees and their dependents, as well as random body temperature checking of studio audiences and visitors entering ABS-CBN compound.

Meanwhile, Osorio assured that the ABS-CBN compound has been "disinfected" over the weekend.

"The network will continue its normal operations and will continue to promote safety and vigilance against the A(H1N1) virus," the ABS-CBN official said.

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