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Wash hands as precaution vs. mystery Cambodia disease, Pinoys advised

Monday, July 09, 2012 01:49 AM    Views : 742by:GMA News

With little still known about the mystery disease that has killed several children in Cambodia, Philippine health authorities on Monday advised Filipinos to wash their hands as a precaution for now.

National Epidemiology Center head Dr. Enrique Tayag said they are coordinating with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Cambodian health authorities to find out more about the disease.

"(Sa ngayon), ang masasabi lang, ugaliin ang paghugas ng kamay, ang kamay ang pinagsisimulan ng sakit," Tayag said in an interview over radio dzBB.

What they know so far is that the disease only affects children and can be deadly within 24 hours, Tayag said.

"Ang hypothesis namin diyan malamang isa ito sa childhood diseases kung saan ang adults na-expose as bata kaya di tayo nahawa," he said.

Tayag said the symptoms of the disease include:
-coughs, and
-a combination of neurological and respiratory symptoms that can render an affected person comatose.

Health authorities in Cambodia are still trying to get enough samples of the virus or bacteria causing the disease for further analysis.

From the samples gathered so far, he said the disease was negative so far for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) or H5N1 or bird flu.

No travel restriction

Tayag said there is still no recommendation from the Department of Health to restrict travel to and from Cambodia as of Monday morning.

He said airports will adopt stricter routine screening measures.

Those found to have high temperatures will be "interviewed" at the airport, he said.

"Pag suspetsa namin related sa Cambodian unknown disease, dadalhin muna sa hospital para i-confine," he said.



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