RP's H1N1 cases jump to 77

MANILA - The Philippines has 23 new confirmed "mild" influenza A (H1N1) cases, all related to the cluster of schools that have voluntarily suspended their classes, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday.

These schools are De La Salle University (DLSU)-Taft, Far Eastern University-East Asia College, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, St. Andrews School ParaƱaque, and Ateneo de Manila High School.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque these new cases bring to 77 the country's influenza A (H1N1) cases.

Of the 77 cases, 23 have been discharged. Duque stressed all these cases are just "mild" cases.

Of the 23 new confirmed cases, 19 are Filipinos and 4 are foreigners.

In terms of gender, 18 are males and 5 are females with ages ranging from 8 to 49 years old.

"Seven of the new confirmed cases have a history of travel. The said cases travelled to the US and Japan," Duque said in a statement.

As of June 10, DLSU-Taft had 15 cases; DSLU-College of St. Benilde had 2; FEU-East Asia College had 2; St. Andrew's School had 1; Ateneo High School had 3.

Duque said the rapid increase in cases is due to the "relentless contact tracing done by the DOH in the five affected schools."

All 23 new confirmed mild cases are responding well to treatments, he said.

Duque said "there is still no community spread yet as the new cases were all traced to one case that earlier caught the virus during a travel to an A (H1N1) affected country."

Since May 1, 2009, the DOH said it has monitored a total of 667 Cases Under Observation (CUOs).

Of these, 77 were positive A (H1N1) cases, 85 have pending laboratory results, and 505 were negative and have been discarded. There were 68 new CUOs on Wednesday.

In its latest report dated June 8, the World Health Organization reported 25,288 cases and 139 deaths from 73 reporting countries.



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