DoH should probe quick H1N1 spread

June 16, 2009 § 1 Comment

If you study the influenza A H1N1 virus in the internet, it is similar to the deadly Spanish flu which killed at least 100 million people in the early part of the 19th century. What scientists worry is the possibility that this virus mutates into a deadlier strain. This had happened before and if you look at the genetic history of this virus, you’ll find that the present strain is already a mutation, from a form that only affected pigs to that of a virus that affected humans. Now, the possibility of this virus mutating even further is there since it could thrive and resist attempts at manipulating the human genetic pool.

What the DoH should do at this point is do everything it can to contain the spread of the virus. Clearly, the Jaen Nueva Ecija and that of Bulacan, Bulacan are examples of local contamination. Local residents got the virus from outsiders who were unaware that they were already carriers of the deadly virus. It just shows that the DoH really failed in its job of close contact tracing.

But, they must do the proper thing and that is deploy their medical investigative teams and study how the virus came into contact with the human population and was able to spread so quickly.  

It is also wrong for the DoH to say that dengue is dangerous while the H1N1 is just a “mild strain”. That’s the crappiest thing I’ve ever heard. Both are deadly viruses and both needs close attention from our health experts.

What the DoH should do is closely coordinate with the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. And the DoH should be pro-active. This early, the DoH should ensure that we have enough stocks of anti-flu vaccines and medicines. We don’t want a situation where we’re the only government caught flat-footed.


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