H1N1 Cases rising in Philippines

June 17, 2009 § Leave a comment

Cases of influenza A H1N1 are rising. Three new cases were reported in Bacolod City while three students from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City were also down with the disease. Three Miriam College students also caught the disease. Two other cases were reported in Eastern Visayas and a rising number of H1N1 cases are being reported from Candelaria town in Bulacan.

This just proves that the Department of Health failed in effective back tracing, contrary to their earlier claims. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque announced that their department has done everything possible to contain the spread of this deadly virus; but these new cases show otherwise.

What many people fear is the amateurish handling of the department of this contagious spread of the virus. Instead of informing the people that this is just as deadly as dengue, health officials are spreading disinformation by saying that this is just a “mild strain”. Everyone knows especially doctors and epidemiologists from the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) that this virus can mutate into a deadlier form.

As I’m writing this, h1n1 cases have now reached 250 and people fear that it would reach 300 anytime soon. The Philippines has the most number of confirmed H1N1 cases in Asia. What is most surprising is the Philippine case seems to be spreading faster than other countries in the region.


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