11 hit by AH1N1 virus in Baguio

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 04 2012 11:11 PM | Updated as of Jan 05 2012 07:11 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 1,105 cases of an influenza-like illness were recorded in Baguio City in 2011, according to health officials.

A significant rise in the figures was noted by authorities from December 11 to December 31 when 39 cases were reported, compared to 14 cases reported in the same period in 2010.

A total of 11 individuals, meanwhile, were confirmed carriers of the AH1N1 virus.

Officials of the Department of Health (DOH) warned that the virus may easily spread.

“Natra-transfer ang virus through respiratory secretion, through handshakes, kapag nahawakan ang door knob at droplet infection like sneezing,” said Dr. Amelita Pangilinan, chief of DOH’s Health Operations Division.

The number of individuals with pneumonia also increased due to the cold weather.

Health experts continue to advise the public to regularly wash their hands, drink lots of water and have a healthy diet to prevent illnesses. -- Report from Ada Sibayan, ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao