Sta. Rosa City has 11 A(H1N1) cases

STA ROSA CITY, LAGUNA – Eleven persons, including nine students, have been infected with A(H1N1) virus, prompting the suspension of at least five schools in the city, officials said.

Sta. Rosa mayor Arlene Arcillas Nazareno said there are 11 confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) one of whom is a balikbayan while another is a resident of a subdivision here. Nine students were also confirmed to have been infected - six from Sta. Rosa Central School and three from Canossa Academy School.

“We have been vigilant and pro-active in our monitoring of cases of influenza A(H1N1) in the city of Santa Rosa,” Nazareno said adding, “We have instituted precautionary measures since the start of classes and have already disseminated information about the flu.”

Nazareno said the patients are now being treated and are responding well to medication.

“We will conduct swab tests of the patients after the treatment to be sure that they have fully recovered,” she said during a joint meeting of the City Disaster Coordinating Council and Local Health Board Monday.

Sanitize schools

Nazareno also ordered all public schools be cleaned and sanitized to ensure that the virus does not spread. “Public schools here have been divided into cluster, and classes in each cluster will be suspended while the schools are being cleaned and sanitized.

She stressed however that the suspension of classes does not mean that there are cases in the city’s schools. She clarified that this is part of the preventive measures being undertaken by the city government.

Nazareno said she suspended the classes in cluster one from June 22-26 composed of Santa Rosa Elementary School Central I, Santa Rosa Elementary School Central II, Santa Rosa Elementary School Central III, Labas Elementary School; Tagapo Elementary School.

Also suspended on the same period are Aplaya National High School; Caingin Southville (Aplaya National High School Annex), Balibago National High School, Don Jose National High School, Pulong Santa Cruz National High School, Santo Domingo National High School, Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School.

Meanwhile, Nazareno scheduled the suspension of classes in Aplaya Elementary School, Caingin Elementary School; Caingin (Southville) Elementary School; Dila Elementary School; Dita Elementary School; Malitlit Elementary School; Sinalhan Elementary School on June 29 to July 3

On July 6 to 10, classes will be suspended at Balibago Elementary School; Don Jose Elementary School; Jose Zavalla Elementary School; Macabling Elementary School; Pulong Santa Cruz Elementary School; Santo Domingo Elementary School.


According to the City Health Office, the cases were detected when the Division of Schools reported that a number of students were reported absent and suffering from fever.

An investigation conducted by the City Health Office showed that the students were experiencing influenza-like symptoms. The test conducted on the swab samples sent to the Department of Health confirmed the cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection.

“The students have already passed the observation period and are now resting,” said Dr. Rosanna Cunanan, City Health Officer II.

“Vitamin C are also provided to classmates and immediate family members of the patients to boost their immune system,” Cunanan said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Parnell Patacsil, chief of the Santa Rosa Community Hospital, announced that an “isolation room” has been designated in the hospital for residents of Santa Rosa who would be infected with influenza A(H1N1).

Active surveillance

Nazareno meanwhile allayed the fears of city residents. She said there have been no new cases since the last detection. She said the city’s medical team is now in active surveillance and are in close coordination with private physicians and hospitals in monitoring cases of influenza A(H1N1).

She said the city government will shoulder the testing and treatment of patients found positive with H1N1 virus.

“Part of our surveillance of the flu is the strict monitoring of public schools and government facilities,” Nazareno said. This includes taking the temperature of the government employees and visitors entering government buildings.

The city government has already purchased digital infrared forehead thermometers for this purpose. A team composed of doctors, nurses, and health workers with personal protective equipment are also doing the rounds of the city.
By Arnell Ozaeta, ABS-CBN Southern Tagalog
as of 06/23/2009 12:17 AM