First A(H1N1) incident in Philippines confirmed

First A(H1N1) incident in Philippines confirmed
by: Jerry Liao

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque confirmed that the Philippines is now included in the list of countries with A(H1N1) virus.

A 10 year old girl who flew in with her parents last May 18, 2009 (Monday) was the first case of A(H1N1) in the Philippines said Duque.

The girl was able to pass through the thermal scanner. She started having fever May 19, 2009 with cough and sore throat. Her parents brought the girl to the hospital and after thorough testings made by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RTM), the girl was confirmed to suffer from the virus.

Is this a case of technology failing mankind? Not really, everyone knows that thermal scanners are not the reliable given the nature of the A(H1N1) virus – that it will take a number of day before a victim will have fever.

The girl was given the necessary medication and was reportedly responding well. The fever has subsided, no more cough but the girl is still suffering from sore throat. Members of her family were also given medicine to prevent the virus from spreading. The family was also adviced to stay home for the meantime.

Because of this, parents are requesting that the opening of classes be delayed for a month. The proposal is being discussed and a decision will be announced soon.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) is worried that the A(H1N1) virus has mutated and the possibility of a second wave outbreak is highly possible. WHO added that the new virus would be stronger and would be harder to cure.

Let’s all take the necessary precaution. Be alert always. And most of all pray and seek the mighty healing hands of the Lord. God Bless us all!

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