6 A(H1N1) flu cases crop up in Ilocos Sur

Health officials said six residents of this Ilocos Sur city turned out positive for the influenza A (H1N1) virus, but the patients have since recovered.

"They have all recovered. No one was admitted in the hospital," said Dr. Joy Villanueva, assistant city health officer.
She said the patients' health condition and their movements had been strictly monitored to contain the spread of the highly contagious virus that caused a global outbreak last year.

Dave Zaragoza, chief of the health emergency management service in Vigan City, said he supervised the throat swab on the six patients on July 1. The specimens were sent to the Research Institute for Tropical
Medicine in Metro Manila for confirmatory tests.

The results showed the patients were positive for the A(H1N1) virus, he said.
Villanueva said her office also took specimens from 15 residents to determine if they contracted the virus.
Councilor Oseas Diasen said the city government has been applying the same protocol that it implemented when Candon recorded five cases last year.

"First is [to] contain [the patients], prevent [the virus' spread] and [conduct] health education," he said.
Health officials said the A (H1N1) virus was a combination of viruses from pigs, humans and birds and could be spread from person to person. People who contract the virus show symptoms associated with the common flu like severe headache, fever, colds and body aches.

The detection of the virus in the Philippines last year caused cancellation of classes in elementary and high schools and universities around the country.

Officials of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Education had to cancel classes for at least a week to avoid the spread of the virus.
The DOH has advised the frequent washing of hands and proper hygiene to avoid getting the virus.