The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that the Philippines is now being affected by the a[N1H1] or SWNIE FLU virus. The country's second case of the new H1N1 flu strain in a 50-year-old woman who arrived in the country Wednesday from the United States.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque told a news conference that the Filipino woman, who was traveling alone, experienced "mild flu symptoms" a day after she arrived from Chicago.

"Her specimen tested positive for the influenza A (H1N1). She only has mild symptoms, which include fever and cough," Duque said.

He said efforts are underway to trace all who were in close contact with the woman, including the airline crew and the household members.

Duque said the woman, whom he declined to identify, is now confined in a private hospital.

On Thursday, Duque announced that a 10-year-old Filipino girl who arrived in the country from travels in the United States and Canada had caught the H1N1 virus, making her the first case in the Philippines.

He said the girl had confirmed positive for the H1N1 flu virus Wednesday, after complaining of fever, cough and sore throat Tuesday, a day after she arrived in the Philippines.

Duque said Sunday the girl "is now almost fully recovered with only a minor sore throat."

"She is completing her anti-viral medication and will be discharged as soon as a repeat H1N1 test is negative," he said.

Aside from the two confirmed cases, he said the Department of Health is also monitoring 10 new suspected cases. This brings to 105 the number of cases monitored since May 1, he said.


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