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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:12 am 
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Philippines MoH cites suspect fatal avian influenza case, 52M, Philippines ex-China.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:13 am 
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Press Conference., 23 February 2015, MRU-OSEC
DOH STATEMENT ON SUSPECTED BIRD FLU IN PHL
23 February 2015
Last week, we should have people who returned from China. He's six years I worked there, felt the weakness of body and she decided to return to her desire to be with family in feel.
February 9 came the patient. February 10 was the beginning she cough, fever, and occasionally joins the tyan. February 11, consultation but worsen the situation until the unexpected has died last February 14.
Because the symptoms displayed alongside the rapid progression of the disease plus the history of travel from China coupled with a history of being exposed to live poultry, the patient was considered a possible case of Avian Flu or Bird Flu.
This patient was initially referred to as a possible case of MERS. However, upon review of his case profile, Avian Flu was a more proximate consideration.
Prophylaxis of close contacts using Tamiflu has been done. Experts from Hongkong closely monitored and guided our experts here. Biopsy was done by trained personnel protected by personal protective equipments.
Initial result revealed pulmonary findings but inconclusive. The body was cremated hence this case has been declared 'closed'.
If indeed this patient contracted bird flu, his death has ended other possibility of transmission. Kaya wala po tayong dapat ikabahala. Subalit kinakailangan pa rin ang maigting na pagbabantay at patuloy na pagpapalaganap ng tamang impormasyon sa ating mga kababayan sa mga bansang nagtatala ng kaso ng Bird Flu or Avian Influenza.
The A(H5N1) virus subtype, a highly pathogenic AI virus, first infected humans in 1997 during a poultry outbreak in Hong Kong SAR, China. Since its widespread re-emergence in 2003 and 2004, this avian virus has spread from Asia to Europe and Africa and has become entrenched in poultry in some countries, resulting in millions of poultry infections, several hundred human cases, and many human deaths. Outbreaks in poultry have seriously impacted livelihoods, the economy and international trade in affected countries.
The A(H7N9) virus subtype, a low pathogenic AI virus, first infected 3 humans – 2 residents of the city of Shanghai and 1 resident of Anhui province - in March 2013. Containment measures, including the closure of live bird markets for several months, have impacted the agriculture sectors of affected countries and international trade. Continued surveillance for A(H7N9) will be necessary to detect and control the spread of the virus.
Ongoing circulation of A(H5N1) and A(H7N9) viruses in poultry, especially where endemic, continues to pose threats to public health, as these viruses have both the potential to cause serious disease in people and may have the potential to change into a form that is more transmissible among humans. Other influenza virus subtypes also circulate in poultry and other animals, and may also pose potential threats to public health.
With the increase in international arrivals, the Department of Health is appealing to Filipinos around the world to be mindful of their families and their communities. While the Department of Health, the Bureau of Quarantine, the Disease Prevention and Control Bureau, and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine are actively coordinating public health actions, the responsibility of each person is important. Please fill-up truthfully the health declaration checklist upon arrival. Inform the BOQ staff if you have had symptoms while traveling. Volunteer your travel history to your physician. Effective control of infectious diseases in the Philippines require every person to do their share of responsibility by being cooperative, honest, and mindful.
"Let us play a role here," Garin concluded.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:25 am 
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DOH: Philippines still bird flu-free

Monday, February 23, 2015

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MANILA -- The Philippines continues to be bird flu-free despite the unconfirmed report that a Filipino died from the disease.

“The Philippines remains to be bird flu-free. We cannot even consider this case confirmed,” said Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin in a press conference Monday.

The health chief also said they made no more efforts to confirm if the death was indeed caused by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) or bird flu over fears that an autopsy could place others at risk.

“We chose to contain the patient. The body was cremated eventually, hence this case has been declared closed,” she said.

Based on the information gathered by the DOH, the 52-year-old man arrived from China on February 9 but suffered bird flu symptoms such as fever, cough and occasional diarrhea the day after.

The Filipino, who had direct contact with poultry, sought medical attention on February 11 but eventually died on February 14.

Because of the death of the patient, Garin said it has already eliminated the possibility of the suspected bird flu virus being transmitted to others.

She added human-to-human transmission of the virus has not yet been established.

Still, the DOH head said they opted to have his close contacts placed under observation up until last Saturday.

Garin also said they gave prophylaxis to the close contacts for one week. (HDT/Sunnex)

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:30 am 
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Flipino dies of possible avian flu in Philippines
2015/02/23 18:49:41
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Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) A Flipino who worked in China for six years has died from possible avian flu in the Philippines, health officials in the Southeast Asian country said Monday.

The 52-year-old patient died five days after returning to the Philippines Feb. 9, according to Janette Garin, acting health secretary of the Philippines' Department of Health.

The Philippines accounts for a large proportion of the foreign workers in Taiwan.

The patient showed symptoms associated with avian flu, including cough, fever and stomach pains, Garin said.

He was first suspected of being a possible case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV), according to the department.

The case was then reclassified as a form of bird flu after his work history was checked, which showed he had been exposed to live poultry in China.

The actual cause of death, however, remained uncertain because his body was cremated soon after death, out of fear the disease might spread, the department said.

The Philippines reiterated that the country is free from avian flu, as the patient was not infected there.

(By Emerson Lim and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:36 am 
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Filipino musician from China dies of bird flu — DOH
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5:52 PM | Monday, February 23rd, 2015

MANILA, Philippines — A 52-year-old Filipino musician who recently returned from China died two weeks ago after days of showing symptoms of bird flu.

The Department of Health (DOH) immediately issued a statement saying the death of the overseas Filipino worker has ended the possibility of the virus spreading in the country.

At a press briefing on Monday, acting Health Secretary Janette Garin said the deceased OFW was considered a possible case of Avian flu due to his travel history, exposure to live poultry, the symptoms he showed and the abrupt progression of his condition that led to his death.

The OFW developed cough, fever and diarrhea a day after his homecoming on Feb. 9. He died on Feb. 14 after a couple of visits to the hospital for treatment, Garin told reporters.

“He had been working in China for six years but he decided to come home and be with his family when he felt he was becoming weak,” she said.

“This patient was initially referred to as a possible case of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). However, upon review of his case profile, Avian flu was a more proximate consideration,” said Garin.

Those people who had close contact with the patient prior to his death had already been given prophylaxis for a week using Tamiflu, a frontline drug to treat bird flu. They have also been cleared of the virus after a week-long observation, which ended on Feb. 21.

Garin said health experts from Hong Kong closely monitored and guided local specialists in handling the suspected bird flu case.

“Initially, we considered autopsy. But we saw the danger of performing an autopsy since if it is indeed [a case of] bird flu, there is the possibility that the virus might be shed into the environment,” explained the health chief.

Garin said to avoid the possible spread of the virus, a “fully guided” biopsy was instead conducted on the body of the patient by trained personnel protected by personal protective equipment gears.

The result of the biopsy revealed pulmonary findings but it was “inconclusive,” said Garin. “The body was cremated, hence, this case has been declared closed,” she said, adding that there was no other way to confirm safely if it was indeed bird flu.

Since none of the family members and others who had contact with the patient showed symptoms of bird flu, the Philippines remains free of the virus, which has infected birds and people in China and other Asian countries, according to Garin.

“If indeed the patient contracted bird flu, his death has ended other possibility of transmission. So, there is nothing to fear,” she said. “But we have to remain vigilant and to continue giving the right information to OFWs based in countries that have registered cases of the bird flu.”

The A (H5N1) virus subtype, a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, first infected humans in 1997 during a poultry outbreak in Hong Kong.

Another subtype, the A (H7N9) virus had been detected in birds in the past but human infections were first reported in China in March 2013, particularly in Shanghai and Anhui province.

Bird flu infections are usually a result from exposure to infected poultry and no evidence of human-to-human spread of the virus has been found, according to the World Health Organization.

With the increase in international arrivals in the country, Garin appealed to returning Filipinos and other travelers to practice good hygiene and to fill up truthfully the health declaration checklist upon arrival.

“Inform the Bureau of Quarantine staff if you have had symptoms while traveling. Volunteer your travel history to your physician. Effective control of infectious diseases in the Philippines requires every person to do their share of responsibility by being cooperative, honest and mindful,” she said.



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:41 am 
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DOH: Pinoy musician, 52, possibly died of bird flu; PH remains free of the disease
By: Jet Villa, InterAksyon.com
February 23, 2015 2:33 PM
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MANILA - The Department of Health (DOH) disclosed Monday that a 52-year-old Filipino musician has died of suspected bird flu, or avian flu almost a week after he returning from China last Feb. 14.

According to DOH acting Secretary Janette Garin, the Philippines still has never had a bird flu case since the first infected humans were documented during a poultry outbreak in Hong Kong in 1997.

"The observed symptoms, aggravated by the characteristic rapid progression of the sickness, and the history of travel from China coupled with a history of being exposed to live poultry, all contributed to the patient being considered a possible case of avian flu or bird flu," said Garin.

Records showed the patient came home last Feb. 9 already feeling weak. The following day, he manifested cough, fever and diarrhea and on Feb. 11, his condition worsened.

The patient went to a hospital but refused to be admitted until he died last Feb. 14. He had worked in China for six years.

Garin said the initial results of the biopsy examination conducted on the patient had showed "pulmonary findings but these were inconclusive."

The patient's actual condition would have been established if he was autopsied, but Garin claimed that experts from Hong Kong did not recommend an autopsy.

"They said conducting an autopsy would have presented high risks of the virus, if that was the case, possibly spreading into the environment. The body was cremated. Hence, this case is now considered closed," she added.

The DOH had placed the close contacts of the patient under a week-long observation, but they did not manifest any symptom. They were also given prophylaxis using Tamiflu.

"If indeed this patient, indeed, contracted bird flu, his death has ended the possibility of transmission in this case. There is nothing to worry about. But it doesn't mean we should let up on the information campaign for our countrymen who are in countries with cases of bird flu, considering the increase in international travel to the Philippines," Garin said.

She added that Filipinos worldwide "should be mindful of their families and their communities."

The Department of Health encourages travelers to "please fill up truthfully" the health declaration checklist upon arrival at ports of entry.

"Inform the Bureau of Quarantine staff if you have has symptoms while traveling. Volunteer your travel history to your physicians. Effective control of infectious diseases in the Philippines requires every person to do their share of responsibility by being cooperative, honest and mindful," Garin added.

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