H1N1 cases in PH rise

Posted at 11/30/2011 9:18 PM | Updated as of 12/01/2011 10:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The number of H1N1 influenza virus cases in the Philippines has risen to over 200.

There are already more than 100 people who have tested positive for the virus in Metro Manila alone.

Department of Health (DOH) data show cases are centered in Muntinlupa City, which has 83.

But the local government of Muntinlupa says it has not recorded any H1N1 case in the city.

It insists the 83 cases are not residents but patients admitted at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Alabang, Muntinlupa.

“Mayroon pa tayong H1N1 at ito’y binabantayan pa rin natin, subalit kasama na siya sa regular na mga flu viruses na kumakalat sa ating bansa,” said DOH spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag.

The H1N1 virus is contagious and can spread through droplets.

The DOH urges parents, children, OFWs and pregnant individuals to take extra caution because H1N1 can be fatal.

“If you are within 3 feet at may sipon at ubo at may influenza, maaari kang mahawa,” said Tayag.

The DOH says there is a vaccine against the virus though they have limited stocks.

Senior citizens can get the vaccine for free until the end of the year.

According to the World Health Organization, signs of the H1NI influenza are "flu-like, including malaise, fever, cough, headache, muscle and joint pain, sore throat and runny nose, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea."

It added that "majority of people with pandemic influenza experience mild illness and recover fully without treatment."