MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines was among four foreign destinations tagged as A(H1N1) "hotspots" for Malaysian students who traveled abroad recently, the Department of Foreign Affairs said late Friday.
In an update on its website, the DFA cited a report from the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur that students returning from these countries should quarantine themselves for seven days.
"The Ministry of Health of Malaysia announced that students returning to Malaysia from their travels to the United States, Britain, Australia and the Philippines are obliged to quarantine themselves for seven days, following the confirmed cases of students at the Klang Valley," the DFA said in its report (http://dfa.gov.ph/?p=6467).
Earlier this week, Philippine health authorities confirmed that a 49-year-old woman as the first A(H1N1)-related death in the country.
The fatality turned out to be an employee at the House of Representatives, which shut down for one week after learning at least one more of its employees was infected.
Meanwhile, the DFA said the Philippine Consulate General in Shanghai reported that Chinese authorities will monitor "group activities" instead of closely tracking and quarantining individual patients in case of a rampant spread of A(H1N1) in communities.
"The Chinese Ministry of Health issued a document that says in case of a rampant spread of the virus in local communities, it would switch to monitoring the 'group activities' instead of closely tracking and quarantining individual patients," it said.
It added that there were suggestions that mass activities in communities could be suspended or canceled. - GMANews.TV