Peyups Archives: A(H1N1) - April 2009

Swine flu tops 10,000 cases worldwide

Commonly known as swine flu, the outbreak has sickened 10,176 people and caused at least 80 deaths, mostly in Mexico, the organization said. The actual number of people affected may be higher, as it takes time for national governments to confirm cases and report them to the global body.

So it’s still spreading

Ace_Balasador_XP / May 20, 2009

RP confirms first case of A(H1N1) flu virus infection

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Department of Health confirmed on Thursday that the country already has a case of the dreaded Influenza A(H1N1) virus.

The patient, who is now quarantined, is a female who arrived from the US last May 18, according to the DOH.

eto na… :disappointed:

Ace_Balasador_XP/ May 21, 2009

‘Wag maging paranoid. It doesn’t help. :winking:

isko_bido / May 22, 2009

Tama! Wag maging paranoid. Dahil kahit walang vaccine, the disease responds well to antiviral medication. :aprub:

Pero wag din kalimutan ang kalusugan, syempre. Let’s do our part din to stop the spread of the virus. It’s as simple as frequent handwashing and good hygiene practice.:winking:

Tama nang isa lang ang confirmed case dito and hopefully wala nang sumunod.

Lu1_Marie / May 23, 2009

Philippines now has 10 H1N1 cases - Inquirer link no longer valid

MANILA, Philippines – Four more people were confirmed to be infected with the Influenza A(H1N1) virus, bringing to 10 the total number of confirmed cases of the disease, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said Thursday.

Duque said the four new patients had contact with two Taiwanese nationals at a wedding in Zambales province. The Taiwanese woman and her child tested positive for A(H1N1) when they returned to their country.

The four new cases include three Filipinos – a 24-year-old woman and her one-year-old daughter, and a 47-year-old man – and a 13-year-old male foreigner, the health secretary said.

Two other cases that were confirmed on Wednesday, a 55-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, also had contact with the Taiwanese national in Zambales.

leela / May 28, 2009

14 cases.

Pucha ang bilis kumalat ah.

Hardboiled / May 30, 2009

Confirmed H1N1 cases rise to 21 - Inquirer link, no longer valid.

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DoH) confirmed on Monday five new cases of the A(H1N1) virus, bringing the total number of cases to 21.

Two of the new patients – a 41-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man – were the latest to have contracted the disease from two Taiwanese nationals at a wedding in Zambales province two weeks ago, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said.

The three others came from the United States, including a 19-year-old woman, a 39-year-old woman, and a 45-year-old man, Duque told a news conference.

The two new patients who got sick from contact in Zambales were “most likely” the last cases there, because the 10-day observation period for flu symptoms has lapsed. The wedding took place last May 17, he said.

leela / June 1, 2009

Meron ng positive na student ng DLSU-Taft. Suspended na pasok nila for 14 days.

tweak / June 3, 2009

Swine Flu has reached DLSU-Taft. Brother studies across the street. Should we panic now? Would a Flu Shot help? If we get a flu shot and we still get flu, does that mean that it’s Swine Flu? Shet.

ihcahieh / June 3, 2009

^^ihca, the flu shot available is for traditional flu only. Swine flu has no vaccine. If you had a flu shot and you still got the flu, it doesn’t mean that it’s swine flu. Madami kasing strain ang flu.

So far, the swine flu we have here is the mild variety, which means it’s a weaker strain and all people in Pinas who were infected got better over time.

From someone who works in a pharma company and who works closely with DOH, please start wearing regular masks when going to public places. Madaming mabibili sa drugstores. Continue practicing good hygiene, wash your hands often with soap and use hand sanitizer. If you have flu-like symptoms, please stay at home and DO NOT GO TO WORK OR SCHOOL. If you feel nauseaus or you’re vomiting, please go to San Lazaro or RITM immediately.

Drink your vitamins din. the recommended ones are those with vitamins A, C, E and zinc.

leela / June 3, 2009

Could it be possible na matagal ng may mga cases ng A(H1N1) dito sa Pilipinas pero di lang narereport? Ibang level naman kasi resistensya ng mga Filipino sa mga ganyang sakit. Madalas yung iba, self-medication lang ang ginagawa.

So meron na sa ADB. Meron na din daw sa San Miguel Main Office.

makapangyaryan / June 4, 2009

Kapag nag-mutate siya meron na immunity yung mga nainfect nung mild form. (That’s why in the US there are talks of swine flu “parties” to get infected before the virus mutates. Parang chicken pox party…)

There are fears of a deadlier second wave because this is precisely what happened 1918 when a related A H1N1 virus led to the worst pandemic in history.

happyman / June 5, 2009

got this text from a co-faculty.

05 June: President Roman has approved the postponement of opening of classes from 8 June to 15 June. Large gatherings are prohibited for the months of June and July.

from another co-faculty.

Same as above plus… all students coming from countries with positive H1N1 cases should self-quarantine themselves for 7-10 days with or without symptoms. symptomatic students even without history of travel must absent themselves as well…


kdg / June 5, 2009

Text from Chancellor Cao:

UPD start of classes moved to June 16 in view of extension of registration, and the DOH advisory on AH1N1. Adjustment in acad calendar to follow.

nokia / June 6, 2009

UCPB quarantines 50 employees in Makati.

ouchie / June 6, 2009

Hopefully hindi naman mag “outbreak” ito dito sa pinas.

Ace_Balasador_XP / June 10, 2009

Tayo pa lang ang may pinaka maraming case dito sa Southeast Asia.

Sabi ng DOH, they’ll treat this as a normal influenza.

Mas maging maingat tayo lalo na sa dengue.

jhek_09 / June 10, 2009

Grabe, isa tayo sa pinakalast nagkaron ng case, pero tayo ang pinakamabilis dumami. :amazed:

eristine / June 11, 2009

Exactly. At wag ka… yung mga supposedly “May kaya sa buhay” ang mga carrier nito. Oh well, sila lang naman ang afford makalabas masok sa Pinas

dawgy / June 11, 2009

Tibay ng mga taga-UP. Wala pang infected. :winking:
isko_bido / June 11, 2009

Sanay sa germs. :laugh:

_sandman / June 11, 2009

Sabi pa rin nga dun sa news, mas delikado pa rin ang dengue kaysa sa H1N1. Naunahan na rin kasi tayo ng takot na baka uber ang effect nito kahit hindi naman.

Malamang sa malamang, preventive measures ang ginagawa ng ibang schools at hindi naman dahil may case na agad. Dun din sa aking school ngayon, abot na sila sa pagcheck up kung pumapasok sa school campus eh wala pa namang case ng ganung virus sa amin.

Kelangan lang talagang mag- ingat. Para rin naman sa atin yun kaya ok lang.

snowprincess / June 11, 2009

92 cases na raw?

sphinx / June 11, 2009

^That’s confirmed. Saw that in the news.

DOH will most likely concentrate on caring for the sick rather than contact tracing.

Since the strain here is mild lang, once na ma-establish daw ng DOH na walang mutation into a worse strain, they will declare it lang na parang simple trangkaso lang. Wala naman daw kasing fatality.

leela / June 11, 2009

In a manner of speaking, parang na “trial by publicity” itong AH1N1. Naunahan ng gulat, ng takot, ng hysteria. Totoo nga ang sinabi ng DOH na mas deadly pa ang dengue kesa sa AH1N1. But it’s not bad to take precautions. Tibayan ang personal hygiene. Uminom lagi ng vitamins, lalo Vitamin C to boost the immune system. Kasi pag malakas ang immune system mo, and with the right medication, kaya naman daw labanan at ma-survive itong AH1N1.

batchoy / June 11, 2009

Mabuti na din yung nauna yung publicity kasi if the virus turned out to be deadly and hindi nagraise ng alarm ang WHO, sila din ang malilintikan. Better to be OA than to be careless.

leela / June 12, 2009

Kakadevelop lang ng vaccine from Novartis. Unfortunately, nasa pre-clinical trial stage pa lang siya. Although ang sabi nila, magiging available ito by September, matagal ang clinical trials at ang FDA approval.

Then, pag na-approve na ng FDA, ibang approval pa uli yung sa BFAD dito sa atin. My bet, at least 1 year pa bago magkaroon ng ganyan sa Pinas.

Novartis says no to free flu vaccines

Swiss drug maker Novartis will not give away vaccines against A/H1N1 flu to poor countries but will consider discounts, according to a report in the Financial Times

leela / June 16, 2009

H1N1 count still at 344, no new cases — DoH, Inquirer link no longer valid.

MANILA, Philippines — For the first time in weeks, the Department of Health (DoH) did not report new cases of Influenza A(H1N1) on Friday, and the country’s total number of confirmed cases of the disease stood at 344.

But this does not mean that the spread of the disease has stopped, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said, adding the DoH was collating reports from the regions. “It really takes quite some time before we can say we have controld its spread,” he said.

Duque said 262 of the 344 have fully recovered and on Friday, 15 were discharged from the hospital. The rest are suffering only mild symptoms of A(H1N1), he said.

leela / June 19, 2009

Sorry medyo off-topic pero i think relevant pa rin naman ang question ko.

To your assessment, how well is DOH handling this phenomenon?

Sa akin they’re handling it very well. They’ve raised awareness to immense level. they’ve managed expectations by laying out facts and not giving false hopes.

danyel / June 19, 2009

^I agree.

In terms of transparency, DOH is doing a great job. Kahit may mga batikos kay Duque na lagi siyang nagppa-presscon, I appreciate that he gives daily updates on the H1N1 situation. Even the hoaxes about H1N1, mabilis magreact ang DOH. Even DOH website is quick to update. Mas nauuna pa sila kesa sa at Gmanews.

In effectiveness, DOH is the best they can do. It has coordinated with LGUs, government offices, and even the private sector. I know for a fact that duque joined a meeting of big corporations to seek their help, and this was as early as April and these corporations always align with DOH on the proper messaging para consistent lang.

After all the info campaign both by DOH/government and the private sector, nasa tao na yung bola. Kung ayaw nila makinig na maghugas ng kamay, hindi na kasalanan ng DOH yun. Hindi naman sila nagkulang sa pag-iinform despite the limited budget.

Kaya nairita ako nung nabasa ko itong article about Golez’s remarks, eh.

Solon eyes summoning - Tribune link no longer online

A lawmaker wants to have Health Secretary Francisco Duque III summoned by the House of Representatives to question him over his alleged mishandling of the situation on the continuous rise in the number of A(H1N1) cases in the country, which has already surpassed 200.

According to Parañaque City Rep. Roilo Golez, Duque should be more proactive in his dealing with the outbreak of the virus rather than merely holding press conferences to give updates on the number of infected persons in the country.

leela / June 19, 2009

Actually mas nauuna pa ang DOH kaysa sa WHO :lol:

Ang galing nga info dessimination nila.

In terms of handling, DOH’s hands are tied kasi wala pa namang proven and tested na process paano icon-contain ang H1N1 virus.

danyel / June 19, 2009

Korek! Tinatamad na nga ata mag-update ang WHO. :embarasslaff:

Baptism of fire kasi ito ke Duque. Sinwerte kasi tayo twice na hindi pinasok ng SARS at bird flu but I think DOH is still doing a great job.

leela / June 19, 2009

I think ok naman sila. Malamang magaling lang mag screen ang DOH kaya marami tayong cases. Who knows, baka yung ibang mga bansa naman di ganun ka efficient o sadyang tinatago ang stats para mapababa yung cases.

At least honest yung sa atin at well aware tayong lahat.

ihcahieh / June 19, 2009

Woman with H1N1 dies, says DoH - Inquirer link no longer valid

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) A 49-year-old woman from Metro Manila with Influenza A(H1N1) has died, the Department of Health (DoH) said Monday.

However, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said it could not be immediately confirmed if the woman, who also had heart disease, died due to the A(H1N1) virus.

According to the woman’s autopsy report, she died of “congestive heart failure and acute myocardial infarction aggravated by pneumonia,” Duque said.

The woman self-medicated with paracetamol and was not among the over 400 confirmed A(H1N1) patients until Saturday, a day after she died last Friday, when doctors got a swab sample from her throat, Duque said.

The woman’s family reported to the DoH that she had flu symptoms before her death, prompting the A(H1N1) test, Duque said.

“We report today the death of a 49 year-old female with pre-existing heart disease. She presented flu signs on June 17, such as dry cough, chills and difficulty in breathing just before death on June 19,” said Duque.

“Although the female who died is positive for H1N1, we cannot conclude that death is due to H1N1 but in other countries with deaths from H1N1, majority of deaths are those who have pre-existing medical conditions,” said Duque.

The DoH had said that people with medical conditions such as heart disease and asthma are at higher risk of A(H1N1).

“Because of this first death with incidental finding of H1N1, the DoH will aggressively target those high risk groups. They should be the one receiving supportive care from medical professional. High risk groups with flu signs should immediately go to a doctor,” he reiterated,” Duque said.

leela / June 22, 2009

Misleading naman yung headlines ngayon. Akala ko dahil sa H1N1 virus yung dahilan ng pagkamatay ng 49-years old na babe. Hindi naman pala talaga yun ang immediate cause.

Dapat hindi ganun yung way ng pagbabalita kasi magpapanic talaga ang mga tao. Yung mga schools, ang dami na ring nag suspend. Masaya siguro para sa mga kids pero maghahabol din naman ng lessons sa bandang huli. Ganun din.

snowprincess / June 23, 2009

Naglabas na daw ng bagong guidelines ang DOH regarding suspension ng classes ng school. Yun nga namang schools na magkakalayo ang mga building, hindi naman dapat siguro isuspinde yung buong school.

Naisip ko lang, kaya siguro marami rin ang nakakarecover kasi alerto agad ang DOH kapag may nalamang kaso ng H1N1. Kaya mabuti na rin marunong maghandle ng situation ang DOH.

snowprincess / June 26, 2009

Korek. Mabilis naman sila kumilos although may backlog na sa RITM for the H1N1 testing. So please lang, mga solons, stop barking on DOH kasi they’re doing the best they can.

Swine flu virus ’stable’ for now–WHO chief - Inquirer link no longer valid.
leela / June 26, 2009

Di na daw mage entertain ng libreng test ang mga testing centers for H1N1 if you’re not considered a high-risk patient. Do you think ok yung step nila na yon?

PoeTiC_JusTicE / June 28, 2009

Opinyon ko is ok naman yung step na yun. Kasi ilan na ba ang kaso, 700+ na ba? Tapos isa lang ang namatay at 80-90% na ang gumaling. So ewan ko parang evident naman dun na yung mga high risk groups talaga ang dapat pagtuunan ng pansin.

ihcahieh / June 28, 2009

Mild lang kasi yung strain sa atin and most of the infected patients got better without much medical intervention. Stay lang sa bahay and rest para gumaling. Yung mga mga existing conditions like hypertension, asthma, etc. ang dapat bantayan.

leela / June 28, 2009

Unfortunately, many hospitals are paranoid and refuse to admit patients who have flu-like symptoms. Problem tuloy ng DOH yan kasi nagbabacklog sa RITM for testing.

Plus, if you want to have yourself checked for H1N1, hindi ka basta-basta papayagan ng RITM. Dami nila backlog and it takes up to 5 days bago malaman yung results. Plus, they give priority to those who had contact or travelled to countries na madaming H1N1 cases. If you just want to know kung may H1N1, you have to pay 4K to be tested.

leela / July 7, 2009

May 2 ulit namatay… So tatlo na ang total death toll ng A(h1n1) sa bansa…

sphinx / July 14, 2009

Muntinlupa teacher 4th fatality -Inquirer link no longer available.

leela / July 18, 2009