MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) has seen flu like symptoms from two of the 20 farm workers in a poultry farm in Pampanga after testing their blood and collecting swab samples.
The DOH said one of them had a fever and the other one a cough after being exposed to chickens infected with the avian flu.
The DOH will know the results of the examination on the two individuals on Wednesday if they are indeed infected with the virus.
“On the suspected cases, we are waiting for the results. It will be released within 48 hours, maybe tomorrow,” DOH Asec. Eric Tayag said.
The Health Department also conducted contact tracing of people who had been exposed to chickens with bird flu.
However, health officials clarified that an individual suspected with avian flu cannot transfer the virus to other humans.
The DOH also emphasized the possible transmission of avian flu is chicken to humans, and not humans to humans.
Health authorities also allayed fears by announcing that the avian flu is not air borne.
“It is a cause of alarm for the chickens . . . because now it’s an animal health problem because the bird flu virus will infect feathered animals and chicken poultry . . . it’s not yet a public health issue,” Asec. Tayag said.
The DOH is aware that many are panicking because of the avian flu that’s why it is reminding the public to listen to official statements only regarding the said virus.
“We are monitoring it. Because there many photos circulating on social media that there tumors are occurring on some individuals. This causes the people to panic. They no longer want to touch chickens. You can contract it if you’re in San Luis,” Asec. Tayag added.
The Health Department assuredit is ready to help in the treatment of people infected with avian flu.
DOH has prepared flu vaccine to prevent any strain of the virus that can mutate in the body of humans. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue
The Department of Health (DOH) Region 3 has reported that the over 100 Chinese workers who contracted dengue in Morong, Bataan are now free of the disease.
The Chief of the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit of DOH Region 3 Dr. Jessie Fantone said 69 of the Chinese workers have contracted dengue last March. The remaining 35 were reported to have contracted the diseases this August.
“All of them got well and wala namang namatay. Kaya lang noong pinuntahan namin iyong plant nila marami silang areas na stagnant water na breeding sites (There were no fatalities, but when we visited their plant, there was a lot of stagnant water which can be become breeding sites),” he said.
Meanwhile, cleaning operations continue at the barangay where the coal plant is located.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) has turned its gymnasium into an alternative ward for leptospirosis patients.
This is to accommodate patients with leptospirosis and be provided with immediate treatment for the deadly disease.
The Department of Health (DOH) said the recent rains that caused flooding had contributed to the increase in the number of leptospirosis patients in Metro Manila alone.
To date, the DOH has recorded 106 fatalities and more than 900 cases of leptospirosis. 300 of which are from the NCR.
“It’s really a problem because you know the environmental, sanitation and hygiene do affect the health of our people because the local government, for example, do not do their efficient garbage collection, so certainly it raises the risk of the populace,” DOH Sec. Francisco Duque added.
This, however, is still low compared to what was recorded last year in the last 2 years.
The DOH then urged the public to maintain cleanliness in their respective surroundings to prevent leptospirosis. (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf
The National Capital Region (NCR) has recorded more than 11,000 dengue cases from January to August 10 this year.
This is 33% higher than what was recorded in the past five years.
“It’s starting to rise and just like the other regions that began with the alert levels, naging epidemic level na sila [they’ve reached the epidemic level]. Pwede pa ring sumipa ang dengue. Kaya hindi ho tayo pwedeng magpahinay-hinay [Dengue case can still go up. That’s why we should not be complacent],” Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque said.
The cities in the NCR where dengue cases have spiked include Paranaque, Malabon, Taguig, Makati, and Mandaluyong.
The DOH clarified that no medicine, supplement, or vaccine had been proven to cure dengue.
The health department also supports the move of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to fund the distribution of food supplements which may help increase an individual’s platelet count to avoid dengue.
“Wala namang gamot ang dengue. Wala ring bakuna. At kung meron man sila ng inaalay na makakagamot, hindi po totoo iyan. Ito po ay food suppmement lamang at kinakailangan merong FDA certificate of product registration [There is no medicine for dengue. No vaccine either. And if there are some who offer something that’s supposed to cure dengue, it’s not true. It’s just a food supplement and it needs to have FDA certificate of product registration],” Duque added.
The health official then reminded the public to clean their surroundings and eradicate dengue-mosquito breeding areas through the 4 o’clock habit using the 4S strategy:
Search and Destroy
Seek Early Consultation
Support Space Spraying
This is to further prevent the number of dengue cases in Metro Manila to further exceed the health department’s alert threshold. (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf
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