DOH discharges 37, four-year-old girl remains under observation amid A(H1N1) scare

MANILA, Philippines - Thirty seven people quarantined by the Department of Health were discharged Tuesday after they tested negative for the dreaded Influenza A(H1N1) virus.

This leaves only one still under observation for the disease, which started in Mexico.

In a report aired over GMA News "24 Oras," Health Undersecretary Mario Villaverde said the remaining person under observation is a four-year-old girl who traveled from the United States, where there are 2,600 confirmed cases of A(H1N1), including three deaths, have been reJustify Fullcorded as of Tuesday.

Villaverde said the girl was referred by health officials in the Bicol region is being observed at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Alabang, Muntilupa City. The result of her health examinations is expected to be out on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Villaverde also disclosed that the A(H1N1) testing kits sent by the World Health Organization have arrived in the Philippines.

"This is a confirmatory test ano. Pag nagamit na natin dito sa Philippines ‘yan we will be able to confirm the cases kung A(h1N1) siya [this is a confirmatory test. Once we use it we will be able to confirm if the cases are indeed A(H1N1)]," Villaverde said.

As of Tuesday, the WHO raised the total number of confirmed human cases of the "swine flu" to 5,251 in 30 countries, with 61 people dead from the virus.

WHO said Mexico has 2,059 cases, including 56 deaths. Canada, which has 330 cases, and Costa Rica, which has eight cases, recorded one death each.

Spain has 95 cases; Britain, 55;Panama, 16; France, 13; Germany, 12; Italy, nine; Brazil, eight;Israel and New Zealand, seven each; and Japan and El Salvad, four each.

South Korea, Netherlands and Colombia have three each, while Sweden and Norway have two each.

China, Hong Kong, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Guatemala, Ireland, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland have one each.

Meanwhile, Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, confirmed its first case of "swine flu" but said that the patient was recovering.

Source: GMANews.TV


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