Public told to stay calm amid entry of A(H1N1)flu in Zambo

July 5, 2009 10:30 pm 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 5 — Local executives and health authorities here have advised the public not to panic but remain vigilant and strictly heed all measures against Influenza A(H1N1).

Mayor Celso Lobregat and City health officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos issued the advise after health officials confirmed that there were already three people–two from Zamboanga City and one from Zamboanga del Norte–found positive of A(H1N1) flu in the region.

Found positive of the novel disease in Zamboanga City were a nine-year-old boy who had come in contact with a relative positive of Influenza A while the other is a 63-year-old woman who just arrived from the US.

The patient from Zamboanga del Norte found positive just came from Australia.

Lobregat assured the public that the local government, through the health office, would undertake all steps to contain the spread of the virus.

However, Lobregat said that personal hygiene and discipline was the best step to prevent anybody from contracting A(H1N1) flu.

Agbulos said his office has intensified its information dissemination campaign on how to control and prevent the spread of the virus that had caused so much national and international scare.

Agbulos advised the public to immediately seek medical attention once they experience flu-like symptoms, citing Influenza A (H1N1) has symptoms similar to ordinary flu like high temperature, colds, cough, sore throat and body pains.

Without medical attention, Agbulos said the infection might lead to pulmonary infection and other complications, especially on patients with low resistance. (PNA)

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