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)