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June 23, 2009 Major News Stories

Philippines confirms 1st H1N1 death

The Department of Health (DoH) confirmed on Monday the country's first death due to Influenza A(H1N1), a 49-year-old woman, who also had heart disease.

DOH warns of 'more virulent' A (H1N1) 

Oliveros said the health department is now preparing its facilities and conducting simulation exercises as 445 cases of A (H1N1) infections have been reported, including 17 new ones Monday. DOH said 84 percent of infected patients have recovered and discharged from hospitals.

"Our most important response, however, is risk communication to reduce panic, and sound health infrastructure to make sure all hospitals and health facilities will be prepared to address the severely-ill cases that will be brought to hospitals," she said.

Oliveros added however that the threat of a "second wave" of A H1N1 virus may not really be serious.

Oliveros also cited that the increasing number of schools was due to the heightened awareness, "They report the cases to us and we examine the students," she said.

More schools have announced suspensions of classes due to confirmed or suspected cases of A (H1N1) infection.

A 49-year old woman from Metro Manila with Influenza A (H1N1) has died of congestive heart failure, the DOH said Monday.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the woman, who has a history of chronic heart disease, exhibited symptoms of Influenza A (H1N1) infection namely dry cough, fever and chills and difficulty of breathing on June 17. She died two days later.

Post-autopsy findings disclosed that the death was caused by congestive heart failure secondary to acute myocardial infarction aggravated by severe pneumonia either bacterial, viral or both. Duque said a throat-swab revealed that she was positive for A (H1N1).

The health chief said the woman's husband and 21-year-old son were quarantined after exhibiting symptoms of A (H1N1) infection. He said the woman's family has yet to determine where she got the infection.

"She has no history of travel. Cause of death is congestive heart failure secondary to arterosclerotic heart disease. This means that the blood passageway to her heart was blocked. We're currently doing contact tracing of the family," Duque told radio dzMM.

He said the woman is scheduled to be buried Tuesday.

H1N1 could spread to 25% of population

Unless its spread is stopped, the Influenza A(H1N1) virus could infect as many as 25 percent of the 90 million population in the country, a health official warned on Monday.  The "projection" was based on the "rate of attack" of the virus or how fast it could be transmitted from person-to-person, said Doctor Lyndon Lee Suy, program manager for emerging infectious diseases of the Department of Health (DoH) told a hearing at the House of Representatives.

UP pre-school suspends classes – official

The Child Development Center, a pre-school based in the University of the Philippines-Diliman in Quezon City, announced a 10-day suspension of classes as a preventive measure against the Influenza A(H1N1) virus, a school official said.

No class suspension in UP Diliman

The University of the Philippines in Diliman is not suspending classes despite the confirmation of two new cases of Influenza A (H1N1).

4 Metro schools suspend classes 

(UPDATE) Three tertiary schools and an exclusive school for boys in Metro Manila suspended their classes after authorities confirmed that each had a confirmed case of the Influenza A(H1N1) virus.  The University of Sto. Tomas (UST) College Engineering on Monday afternoon said it would suspend classes on Tuesday as one of its students remained under observation for possible A(H1N1) infection.

Earlier in the day, the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, College of Nursing and the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, which are all under one building on campus, suspended their classes until June 29 due to one confirmed case of the virus.

St. Scholastica's College-Manila and Adamson University also suspended their classes to prevent the spread of the virus after these schools confirmed having one H1N1 case each.  Daniel Rodrigo Reyes, the executive director of Southridge School in Alabang, Muntinlupa City said the student with A(H1N1) came to school on June 17 and had fever the following night.

San Beda nadale na rin ng A(H1N1)

11 H1N1 cases confirmed in Sta. Rosa City

To prevent the spread of the dreaded Influenza A (H1N1), the city government of Sta. Rosa City in Laguna on Monday suspended for a week classes in selected elementary and high schools after 11 persons tested positive for the virus.

PGMA, 16 kongresista 'di iku-quarantine

Makaraang mangako ang pamahalaan ng Brazil at Japan na ligtas ang bansa sa sakit na AH1N1, hindi na rin iku-quarantine si Pangulong Gloria Arroyo at mga kasama nito pag  dating sa bansa.

Gastos ng DOH sa A(H1N1): P50 milyon na

Ipinahayag ni Health Undersecretary Mario Villaverde na umaabot na sa P50 milyon ang nagastos ng Kagawaran simula lamang noong Mayo ng mag  karoon ng mga kaso ng AH1N1 virus sa bansa.

BFAD readies recall vs anti-flu herbs

The Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) has started preparing moves to recall the registration of "hardheaded" firms that continue to advertise their herbal products as a cure against A(H1N1).

Oil companies to raise prices Tuesday

Oil companies announced that they would raise oil prices effective Tuesday.  At 12:01 a.m., Pilipinas Shell will raise gasoline and diesel prices by P0.50 per liter and kerosene by P0.75 per liter, said vice president for communications Bobby Kanapi.

Petron Corp. and Chevron (formerly Caltex) will implement the same price adjustments at 6 a.m. Tuesday, said Petron spokesperson Virginia Ruivivar and Chevron communications manager Toby Nebrida.

Chevron will also increase its E10 gasoline price by P0.50 per liter, Nebrida said.

Independent oil player Phoenix Petroleum will also raise diesel and gasoline prices by P0.50 per liter at 6 a.m. Tuesday, said lawyer Raymond Zorilla, assistant vice president for corporate affairs.

Transport Holiday itinakda

Itinakda ng militanteng grupong Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Ope rators Nationwide ang isang malawakan at mala­ki hang transport holiday sa susu  nod na buwan upang kon de nahin ang patuloy na pag taas ng presyo ng gasolina sa bansa.

November 27-28, non-working holiday

Idineklara ni Pangu long Arroyo na national holiday ang Eid'l Adha tu wing November 27-28 hindi lamang sa Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) kundi sa buong bansa.

Exhumation of 'Princess' victims pushed

The Public Attorney's Office (PAO) will file a motion for the exhumation of around 50 bodies recovered from the site of the ill-fated M/V Princess of the Stars, which were reportedly buried in a Cebu cemetery, PAO Chief Persida Acosta said.

Raps vs Sulpicio official, captain pushed

The Department of Justice on Monday pushed criminal charges against an official of Sulpicio Lines and the ship captain in connection with the MV Princess of the Stars tragedy, a year after the maritime disaster.  Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera says that prosecutors have recommended the filing of multiple homicide charges against Sulpicio shipping line's first vice president Edward Go and and the ship's captain Florencio Marimon.  Devanadera said charges will still apply to Marimon as there is no proof yet that he was among those who perished in the accident.

BOPK to pick an Osmeña to face Guardo

History beckons for Federer at Wimbledon

Henny Youngman  - "I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places."

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