9 Leyte towns breached by A(H1N1)

A village in Baybay town in Leyte province has been placed under a state of calamity after nine elementary school pupils were found positive for influenza A(H1N1) virus, a local health officer said.

Dr. Edgardo Daya of the Leyte provincial health office’s A(H1N1) monitoring center said nine pupils from the Guadalupe Elementary School in Baybay have been confirmed infected with the new influenza virus.

“The village of Guadalupe in Baybay is now under a state of calamity,” Daya said as he reported latest results of the provincial health office’s A(H1N1) monitoring.

He said a total of 95 people from 9 towns in Leyte have tested positive for A(H1N1). Majority of the patients are students, he said.

The other towns with confirmed A(H1N1) cases were Palo, Sta. Fe, San Miguel, Carigara, Barugo, Lapaz, Hilongos, and MacArthur.

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Cebu jail suspends visits to contain flu

Mandaue, Cebu – A flu outbreak has downed 177 prisoners at the Mandaue City jail since last Friday prompting jail administrators to seal off the prison facility from visitors as they try to contain the outbreak.

At press time, only 28 of prisoners were still suffering from fever as most have recovered, according to the Bureau of Jail Management Penology (BJMP) in Region 7.

Inspector Eric Relutio, deputy warden of the Mandaue City jail, said the BJMP has suspended the scheduled daily visits of prisoners as jail officials are busy cleaning up the facility to contain the flu outbreak that started last Friday.

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DepEd: Stop suspending classes

MANILA, Philippines—Warning that the panic over the Influenza A(H1N1) virus was already affecting the economy, Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said on Tuesday schools should no longer suspend classes if they get a second confirmed case of the

“It’s useless (suspending classes for entire schools). This is just like sore eyes or cough,” Lapus said.

He said suspending classes in schools where there was already a “low-level” outbreak of swine flu would only worsen an economy already teetering on recession.

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Ecija town under state of calamity due to A(H1N1)

MANILA, Philippines – Local government officials on Tuesday placed the town of Jaen in Nueva Ecija province under state of calamity after 19 of its residents tested positive for A(H1N1) virus.

A report aired over GMA News “24 Oras” said at least three villages (barangays) in Jaen, a third-class municipality, have already been affected by the virus.

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(UPDATE) 15 new H1N1 cases bring RP total to 92

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday announced that 15 more Filipinos have been infected with the influenza A(H1N1) virus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Philippines to 92.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the 15 cases are “all mild in nature.” Four of them travelled to Japan, Singapore, Mexico, and the United States.

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DOH: Still no reason to panic despite rise in A(H1N1) cases

(Updated 9:25 a.m.) MANILA, Philippines – The rise in confirmed Influenza A(H1N1) cases to 21 as of Monday is still no cause for the public to panic, health authorities maintained Tuesday.

National Epidemiology Center head Dr. Eric Tayag said there is still no community-level outbreak in the Philippines, adding a four-level warning system is in place to deal with the problem.

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DOH, DepEd on alert for sick schoolchildren

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Education (DepEd) are on alert for sick schoolchildren who may be among the 19.4 million pre-school, elementary and high school public students who will troop back to schools today amid concerns of a possible outbreak of the Influenza A(H1N1) virus in campuses.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus, while recognizing the public concern on the A(H1N1) virus, said the DepEd is constantly being updated by the DOH on the issue, “and we are following their expert advice on this health concern.”

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1st day of school starts well; teachers watch for A(H1N1)

MANILA, Philippines - While the first day of school went off to a relatively smooth start Monday, school authorities kept close watch over students for signs of the A(H1N1) virus.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said Monday he ordered all schools to make sure they have running water and teachers to monitor symptoms of the disease.

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Deferment of school opening mulled after 1st A(H1N1) case

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Health and Education officials are monitoring the situation and will coordinate on whether to postpone the opening of classes after confirming the first A(H1N1) case in the country.

But at least for now, according to the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Health (DOH), there is no immediate need for postponement of the opening of classes.

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