SAYING the virus is already part of daily life in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) downplayed the re-emergence of the Influenza A(H1N1) virus in Candon City, Ilocos Sur.

In an interview, Health Secretary Enrique Ona confirmed that there are six elementary students in the city who have contracted the flu virus.

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He however said there is no need to panic as the DOH remains on top of the situation.

“H1N1 is already in the Philippines. Consider it as a part of our daily life. Everyone can get it but at the same time, it appears just like an ordinary flu,” Ona told reporters.

He related that the cases in Candon are composed of three girls and three boys.

Ona said the cases are already being investigated by health authorities and that efforts are already being made to make sure that it would not spread further.

“It may or may not spread but we are continuously monitoring it to find out the real picture of H1N1 there,” said the health chief.

To recall, the World Health Organization (WHO) had declared a global pandemic of the H1N1 in June last year after the virus quickly spread the globe.

This has also prompted local health officials to go on a massive information campaign on how to prevent contracting the disease.

The H1N1, however, was eventually found to be quick to spread but is not fatal as earlier feared. (AMN/Sunnex)