DOH issues tips vs mysterious China disease

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Health (DOH)-Central Luzon reminded the public Monday, January 6, to be more cautious following reports of a mysterious disease from China.

While there are still no confirmed cases in the country, DOH-Central Luzon Director Cesar Cassion asked the public to avoid being in crowded places if possible to avoid catching the "flu-like disease."

The agency noted the unnamed disease is similar to a "viral pneumonia of unknown origin" that may be transmitted via air.

Cassion echoed DOH Secretary Francisco Duque's statement that healthy lifestyle, proper hygiene and practice of cough etiquette are still the best armor against all types of sickness.

"Precaution is always better than cure, so let us take the initiative of protecting ourselves and our family from this mysterious disease, and all other types of sickness," Cassion said.

The health agency earlier assured the public that the Bureau of Quarantine is on alert and is closely watching all sea and airports in response to the disease starting Monday.

The BOQ, upon the instructions of Duque, had intensified the checking of all incoming travelers, especially those manifesting fever or signs of respiratory infection.

Duque also asked individuals who had history of travel from China to seek immediate medical consult if experiencing flu-like symptoms.


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