Japanese quarantined for possible H1N1: report

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 17 2009 10:27 PM | Updated as of May 18 2009 06:27 AM

A Japanese national is currently being observed at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City as a possible case of influenza A (H1N1).

ABS-CBN News learned that the unidentified Japanese national, a child, was rushed from a Cavite hospital to the RITM on Sunday.

According to a hospital source who refused to be identified, the child came from Japan.

The child had already been suffering from a fever three days prior to arrival in the country, but was able to bypass the thermal scanners at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The case was then referred by the hospital to the Department of Health (DOH).

Dr. Eric Tayag, director of the National Epidemiology Center-Department of Health (DOH), has not confirmed the case. He said all possible A (H1N1) cases are under observation.

Tayag said the DOH will release information on Monday morning.

From May 1 of May 14, the DOH monitored 54 cases of possible H1N1, but none ended up as a confirmed H1N1 case.