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Swine Flu - Philippines

Updated on July 12, 2011

Swine Flu

The pandemic influenza scattered all over the globe. Countries are affected because of this epidemic, a virus that can kill people. One of these countries is the Philippines which is also affected and is currently raising the number of victims.

A 50-year-old Filipino woman has become the second patient to test positive for swine flu in the country. Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the patient arrived in the Philippines from Chicago in the United States on May 20.

Duque informed that the first case, a 10-year-old girl who traveled to the US and Canada, has recovered and was now only suffering from sore throat.

Authorities were stepping up screening measures in airports and seaports in the country to ensure that arriving passengers know about the disease.

There was still no community level outbreak of swine flu in the Philippines, but urged Filipinos to remain vigilant and observe personal hygiene, Duque stressed out.

More than 12,000 cases of influenza have been reported in 43 countries since April, with 86 deaths according to the WHO.

Symptoms of swine flu virus include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and headaches.

To protect yourself and others from the influenza here are some tips/steps:

·        When you sneeze and cough cover your nose and mouth.

·        Often wash your hands with soap and clean water.

·        Avoid close contact with those sick people.

·        See a doctor right away if you have those symptoms of the influenza.

Passengers arriving from different places in any international airports are screened for fevers and for other symptoms that would indicate presence of the virus. People are cautioned to avoid being around with people who are sneezing and coughing for this is the main way of transmitting the said virus.

We are all required to observe proper hygiene, advised to avoid going to crowded areas and strengthen our resistance. The World Health Organization asked the countries to shift to reporting unusual events as clusters of severe infections.


“Prevention is better than cure.”


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