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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80% of flu victims recover

New virus infects 2 pupils in Cainta.

MANILA, Philippines — Swine flu cases around the country soared past the 400-mark as the virus struck another Metro Manila school but the picture was not all that grim: Nearly 80 percent of those stricken have bounced back to full health.

The high recovery rate bolsters earlier assessments that the Influenza A(H1N1) virus that has leaped from one part of the country to another is of a mild nature, health officials said yesterday while stressing the need for continued vigilance.

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