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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA1108
2009-05-22 07:54
2011-08-30 01:44
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Manila

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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 220754Z MAY 09
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4195
INFO RHHMUNA/USPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE
RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUEHZU/APEC COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC IMMEDIATE
UNCLAS MANILA 001108

SIPDIS

BANGKOK FOR HOWELL HOWARD AND WINSTON BOWMAN
STATE PASS USTR JANE DOHERTY
STATE PASS USDA/FAS/OSTA CLAY HAMILTON AND CASEY BEAN
STATE PASS USAID
STATE PASS HHS/NIH
STATE PASS HHS/CDC

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KFLU AEMR ASEC CASC KFLO TBIO KSAF KPAO PREL PINR
AMGT, MG, RP
SUBJECT: First Philippine H1N1 Case

REF: MANILA 0965

¶1. (SBU) Summary: The Philippine Department of Health has confirmed
the Philippines’ first case of H1N1 influenza in a 10-year-old girl
who arrived May 18 on a flight from the U.S. The Health Department
is now trying to contact the other passengers on the flight. The
Philippine government is ramping-up its preparations for a possible
outbreak which may come along with the start of the Philippine
school year on June 1, coinciding with the typhoon season and annual
flu season. As noted reftel, Post has prepared medicines and
personnel for a possible wider outbreak. End summary.

First Case of H1N1
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¶2. The Philippines’ first confirmed case of Influenza A (H1N1)
infection was announced to reporters via video conference from the
headquarters of the World Health Organization by Philippine Health
Secretary Duque on May 21. The 10-year-old girl arrived with her
parents on a flight from the U.S. on May 18 and developed a fever
the following day. The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine
(RITM) conducted tests and confirmed the diagnosis as Influenza A
(H1N1). Her fever has subsided and she has left the hospital, but
she and her family remain under home quarantine and Health
Department monitoring.

Philippine Government’s Response
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¶3. The Philippines is accelerating its preparations for a possible
outbreak with calls for public vigilance and influenza prevention
practices. The Philippine government is now tracing persons who had
contact with the infected girl and preparing protocols for the use
of its store of about one million capsules of Tamiflu. Current
plans are for schools to open as scheduled on June 1, and to use the
schools to help broadcast public information relevant to H1N1.

¶4. Seven other persons have been under observation for possible
H1N1 influenza at Philippine hospitals pending completion of
laboratory tests. Three tested negative for H1N1 last night. The
other cases are still pending test results from the RITM. The
Philippines has tested some 77 suspected cases since monitoring for
H1N1 started on May 1.

Post Preparedness
—————–

¶5. Post Medical Unit is well prepared and adequately stocked with
medications, and medical staff is ready to respond in an event of an
outbreak. Management notices have been issued to alert all Embassy
personnel to the need to be vigilant and practice basic flu
prevention techniques.

KENNEY

   

 

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