36 quarantined after contact with H1N1 case
MANILA, Philippines – Thirty-six people were placed on home quarantine after they had contact with a confirmed Influenza A(H1N1) case, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Tuesday.
Of the 36, 29 are from Nueva Ecija province, including five students, who visited the 19-year-old girl from the United States, while she was being treated for A(H1N1) at the hospital, Duque said.
While the 19-year-old has recovered from the disease and was discharged from the hospital, her 36 contacts will remain under quarantine for 10 days, or until June 4, he said.
“If none of the 36 manifest flu-like signs and symptoms until June 4, the tenth day of their quarantine, it means they have not caught the virus and we will declare the case closed,” he said.
Duque said there was no need to suspend classes at the 19-year-old's school in Nueva Ecija since the patient has fully recovered and there were no other confirmed cases among other students of the school.
Aside from the 19-year-old girl, three other A(H1N1) patients who have recovered from the disease were discharged from the hospital, he said.
The number of confirmed A(H1N1) cases stood at 21, he said.
Duque said the five latest patients were “mild” cases and were being treated with the anti-flu drug Tamiflu.
Anna Valmero, INQUIRER.net and Dona Pazzibugan, Philippine Daily Inquirer