No pneumonia outbreak in the Philippines, says health department

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 11 2019 04:22 PM

MANILA- There is no pneumonia outbreak in the Philippines contrary to reports circulating on social media, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday.

Health Undersecretary Erik Domingo said flu cases are common during this time of the year and noted that the number of pneumonia cases is not "unusually higher."

"It's not an outbreak because flu is really expected this time of the year and the rate is not unusually higher than the previous years," Domingo told ABS-CBN News in a message.

His remarks come amid a message circulating on social media of a supposed pneumonia outbreak in the Philippines.

Pneumonia is a lung infection commonly characterized by coughing and fever.

The DOH, however, urged Filipinos to practice proper hygiene to prevent possible contraction of flu or pneumonia.

"It is flu season and we urge everybody to take extra care not to get infected," he said.

"...Potential complications such as pneumonia can be prevented by proper hygiene," he added.

- Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News