Monday, June 22, 2009

49 year old Filipina dies of H1N1

A 49 year old Filipina from Metro Manila died due to influenza A H1N1. This is the first reported fatality since the virus broke out in the Philippines a month ago. The woman, who was not identified by the Department of Health, died due to congestive heart failure secondary to acute myocardial infarction aggravated by severe pneumonia either bacterial, viral or both. Duque said a throat-swab revealed that she was positive for A (H1N1).

Her heart condition worsened when she caught the virus. Duque said the woman has no history of foreign travel and the DOH is still conducting tests on where the woman caught the virus. The woman's husband and son are under quarantine after showing symptoms of H1N1.

The rate of fatality is fast and swift, to say the least. The woman died two days later after reporting severe coughing, colds and chills last June 17. H1N1 kills its victims after two or three days of exposure to it.

As of presstime, 17 new cases have been reported. The DoH puts the number of confirmed H1N1 cases to 445 and rising.