THE Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the first Influenza A (H1N1), more popularly known as swine flu, case in Cordillera.
The patient’s profile is kept under wraps but according to DOH-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) Director Myrna Cabotaje the patient is now recovering in an undisclosed hospital.
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How the flu was acquired is also not disclosed by the health official.
Currently, the DOH-CAR is observing another eight new cases, six adults and two children, some of whom had contact with the people made contact with the Taiwanese, who was first reported of having inflicted with the virus.
Other cases, meanwhile, have a history of travel in countries with cases of Influenza A (H1N1).
Cabotaje said some of them volunteered to have themselves tested after experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Throat samples have been taken and were submitted to the Regional Institute for Tropical Medicine for laboratory confirmation.
Even with the first confirmed case, the DOH said there is no cause for worry because there are medications and facilities available for suspected or confirmed cases.
“Compared to the cases in Mexico, cases in the Philippines are mild. It’s just like the ordinary flu,” Cabotaje said.
The eight cases under observation (CUO) opted to stay in the hospital while others preferred to stay at home and undergo regular monitoring by the DOH.
Meanwhile, three of the earlier four CUOs tested negative for H1N1.
Laboratory results for the fourth suspect are still being awaited.
Quoting DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, Cabotaje said the DOH is expecting the number of cases to rise due to heightened awareness and intensive contact tracing even as she said no travel ban in any of the 48 countries where cases of Influenza A, have been announced.