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No influenza outbreak – DOH

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By Analou De Vera

There is no influenza outbreak in the country.

The Department of Health (DOH) stressed this Tuesday amid reports circulating on social media that there is a flu outbreak now.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III following the the DFA's suspension of the sale of Dengvaxia for 1 year, and imposing a P100,000-administrative fine on Sanofi for failing to comply with post-marketing authorization requirements for the vaccine.(photo by ali vicoy)

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“Wala akong ganung report from our epidemiology bureau (EB). Meron kaming EB that gives us the report on any unusual spike in the cases of whatever illness like influenza A, B, influenza-like illnesses [There is no such report from our Epidemiology Bureau (EB). We have EB that gives us the report on any unusual spike in the cases of whatever illness like influenza A, B, influenza-like illnesses],” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Tuesday.

“Incidence last year was 17 percent lower compared to 2017; from 153,000 (cases) in 2017, [in] 2018 bumagsak ng 126,000,” he added.

Meanwhile, Duque clarified that an individual cannot be infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) just by eating fish caught in bodies of water wherein hazardous waste were seen being dumped.

“Di pwede magka-HIV sa fish. Kaya nga tinawag na human immunodeficiency virus [One cannot be infected with HIV just because of a fish, that is why it’s called human immunodeficiency virus],” Duque said.

The health chief called on the the public to always double check reports or data being circulated on social media.

“There are always two sides to a coin. Trabaho natin ikalat ang katotohanan para ma-neutralize ang mga nagkakalat ng lies or fake news [There are always two side to a coin. It is our job to spread the truth to neutralize those who are circulating lies or fake news],” said Duque.

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