(Updated 6:42 p.m.) MANILA, Philippines – A female exchange student from De La Salle University is the country’s 22nd case of A(H1N1) infection, Health secretary Francisco Duque III said Wednesday.
Duque however said the patient had "very limited exposure" with other students, and that his department is now coordinating with DLSU officials to trace them.
"Initial findings reveal that there is very limited exposure of other students to the confirmed case and both DOH and school authorities can trace them," he said in a press briefing Wednesday afternoon.
Duque said the president and chancellor of DLSU, Bro. Armin Luistro, has expressed full cooperation with the DOH in the ongoing containment measures.
He said Luistro also vowed to immediately implement the recommended measures contained in the response level systems in schools released by the DOH last May.
As a precautionary measure, classes in DLSU would be suspended for 10 days from June 4 to 14.
Duque said the people who came in close contact with the patient, like her classmates and professors, have already been informed to do self-monitoring and immediately report to the DOH any flu-like symptoms.
Duque also advised all the school's students, faculty, and staff to observe self-quarantine and avoid going to malls and other crowded places.
In the same briefing, Duque said three of the 22 confirmed A(H1N1) cases have already been discharged as of Wednesday.
“To date 14 of the 22 confirmed cases have already been sent home," he said.
The government has been observing 401 suspected cases since May 1. At least 301 of them had already been cleared while 78 others remain quarantined pending laboratory results. - AIE BALAGTAS SEE, GMANews.TV
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