A(H1N1) Global Pandemic Alert 6
Its alarming that World Health Organization (WHO) had increased the A(H1N1) alert level to 6, the world faces the 2009 influenza pandemic for infecting 74 countries with almost 30,000 reported A(H1N1) cases and 145 deaths.
Philippines currently have 92 reported A(H1N1) cases in a period of 20 days. Our first confirmed patient was in May 20, a 10-year old girl that arrived from US and Canada with her parents in June 18. She passed by thermal scanners with negative result. For the record, from May 20, from a single patient, the number had ballooned to current number of 92 current A(H1N1) infected patients. That was only 20 days and that made the Philippines the most number of A(H1N1) cases in Southeast Asia.
According to DOH (Department of Health) Secretary Francisco Duque, the virus we have in the Philippines is mild, just like an ordinary flu or influenza. Ok, no death as of this time, lets just hope that it stays that way.
As of this time, there are still no available vaccines to prevent the virus from spreading. The vaccine manufacturers are dong their best to formulate a safe and effective vaccine, all we can do now is be responsible for ourselves, avoiding crowded places like shopping malls. I’m hoping that the outbreak will come to its end.
I read somewhere that A(H1N1) testing kit costs Php 4,000, please let me know if its true. If it is, paano na ang nahawaan lang dito?