Swine Flu in the Philippines: 1 dead

James Ryan Jonas

The Philippines now has one confirmed death of a woman inflicted with the A(H1N1) virus or Swine Flu.
According to an Inquirer report:
A 49-year-old woman from Metro Manila with Influenza A(H1N1) has died, the Department of Health (DoH) said Monday.
However, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said it could not be immediately confirmed if the woman, who also had heart disease, died due to the A(H1N1) virus.
According to the woman’s autopsy report, she died of “congestive heart failure and acute myocardial infraction aggravated by pneumonia,” Duque said.
Like in other countries, majority of deaths related to swine flu are those with pre-existing medical conditions. According to the DoH, people with medical conditions such as heart disease and asthma are at higher risk of A(H1N1).
A reminder to everyone: don’t panic, but be careful.
Read more about the symptoms, prevention measures and treatment against swine flu here.
A list of the early cases of swine flu in the Philippines is here.

James Ryan Jonas teaches business management, investments, and entrepreneurship at the University of the Philippines (UP). He is also the Executive Director of UP Provident Fund Inc., managing and investing P3.2 Billion ($56.4 Million) worth of retirement funds on behalf of thousands of UP employees.