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Swine flu: Philippine president quarantines self

Swine flu: Philippine president quarantines self

The president of the Philippines has placed herself under voluntary quarantine after returning from a 13-day trip to countries affected by swine flu _ despite the fact that she's feeling fine, officials said Tuesday.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will enter a hospital as part of the quarantine procedure to serve as an example of a responsible traveler helping to stop the spread of the disease, said Press Secretary Cerge Remonde.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Arroyo was well and it was her decision to go into self-quarantine.
Arroyo returned late Monday from visits to Japan, the United States, Colombia, Brazil and Hong Kong to drum up foreign investments to help the country deal with the global financial crisis.
"She just wanted to show an example ... and she will also take advantage (of the time) to be able to take some rest," Remonde said, adding that the president would also have routine checkups.
During the initial stages of the swine flu outbreak, Philippine health officials had suggested that travelers to affected countries self-quarantine between five and 10 days. Remonde said that Arroyo will not stay in the hospital for the full 10 days, but he did not provide a specific time period.
The Philippine health department has reported 861 swine flu cases in the country, all with mild symptoms. One woman with a chronic heart ailment who died was later found to have had the virus.
Nepal's health ministry announced its first three cases of swine flu in a Nepalese family living in the U.S. and in Nepal on vacation.
Thailand's Public Health Ministry also confirmed 84 new cases of swine flu Tuesday, bringing the country's total to 1,414 cases. Deputy Public Health Minister Manit Nopamornbodee said that most patients had recovered and only 24 remained hospitalized.
Bangladesh also reported its ninth case of the virus in a woman who returned from the U.S., government doctor Mahmudur Rahmman said.
The World Health Organization has reported nearly 71,000 swine flu cases in more than 100 countries and 311 virus-related deaths in its latest update on Monday.


Updated : 2021-05-09 04:48 GMT+08:00