H1N1 Positive in Cagayan Philippines

Cagayan Valley has recorded five positive A(H1N1) cases, regional health authorities based in this city said yesterday.

Most of these cases, three from Cagayan and two from Isabela, had already recovered even before the Department of Health central office in Manila was able to confirm they had the A(H1N1) viral infection.

It was learned that test samples taken from 14 patients in the Cagayan Valley region had been sent to DoH in Manila, including those of five patients who test positive for the dreaded virus.

The five A(H1N1) victims, according to reports, consisted of an eight-year-old primary school pupil, three secondary students here, and an Overseas Filipino Worker who had just arrived from abroad.

Meanwhile, a kindergarten pupil from Ramon town in Isabela here became the latest dengue fatality in the region, bringing the town’s dengue death toll to at five.

Local health authorities said the death of the four-year-old victim identified as John Cezar Inaldo, last Monday gripped the entire town in fear of possible dengue outbreak.

At least 25 cases of dengue have been reported in Ramon since May, including the two who died last month.

The DOH regional office said that dengue cases throughout the Cagayan Valley had already gone over 400.

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