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sus­pect cases af­ter they man­i­fested fever, cough, and cold, and other flu-like symp­toms.

The DOH ear­lier de­fined "sus­pect cases" as those who showed flu-like symp­toms and have had di­rect con­tact with bird-flu in­fected an­i­mals.

Prior to the seven new cases, Health Sec­re­tary Paulyn Ubial said there have al­ready been 34 other sus­pect cases re­ported to them.

Of the 34 sus­pect cases re­ported since the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture's (DA) dec­la­ra­tion of the bird flu out­breaks, the DOH said 30 were found in Pam­panga while the re­main­ing four were from Nueva Ecija.

"As of Au­gust 24, all were neg­a­tive for In­fluenza A H5N6," said Ubial in a press con­fer­ence.

In early Au­gust, the DA de­clared a bird flu out­break in San Luis, Pam­panga. Sub­se­quently, it re­ported that it also found cases of bird flu cases in two farms in Jaen and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija.

On Thurs­day, the DA con­firmed that the bird flu strain that hit the coun­try can be trans­mit­ted to hu­mans al­though the rate of trans­mis­sion is "very, very low".

This was sec­onded by the DOH, which said that there has been proof of the "very, very low" trans­mis­sion rate in China in 2014.

"There was a trans­mis­sion to hu­mans in China for H5N6. It's a very rare bird to hu­man trans­mis­sion. In fact, only 20 cases were recorded," said Ubial.

In ad­di­tion, the health chief said the H5N6 is not fa­tal to hu­mans, un­like to birds and f ow l s.

"There were only two deaths out of 20 (in China). So for hu­mans, H5N6 is not fa­tal as op­posed to other types of avian in­fluenza," said Ubial.

Au­thor­i­ties have culled nearly 800,000 poul­try in Pam­panga and Nueva Ecija since the start of the bird flu out­break.

(HDT/ SunS­tar Philip­pines)

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