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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Text messages about H1N1 scare residents

“There is no H1N1 in Zambales,” Gov. Amor Deloso said.

By MARK ANTHONY N. MANUEL - Manila Bulletin

DoH regional director Dr. Rio Magpantay, in a press briefing, said that no cases of the virus are detected in Pampanga or in any other part of Central Luzon. The regional director, however, said that some residents of Region 3 are being monitored and were placed under quarantine to verify if they really have the H1N1 virus.

In Zambales, text messages are circulating, warning residents that H1N1 is already “in the province.”

The text messages say that the two Taiwanese diagnosed with H1N1, who attended a wedding reception in Zambales, have passed the virus to some 50 people who also attended the event.

The provincial government of Zambales, however, disputed the claim of the text messages, saying that everything is done to make sure that no one in Zambales will be affected by the virus.

“There is no H1N1 in Zambales,” Gov. Among Deloso said.

Dr. Magpantay said that it was unlikely for the two Taiwanese virus victims to transfer the virus to those who attended the wedding reception in Zambales, as their infection at that time was still in the incubation stage. Magpantay explained that the virus could only be transferred to another person once the victim already manifested the post-incubation stage of the virus in his body.

Provincial officials of the two provinces and the DoH have appealed to people circulating the text scares to stop making unnecessary false alarm, as this would not help, rather, it would cause serious damages.

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