DOH rules out fears of epidemic in Pangasinan

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

THERE is neither an epidemic nor cases of mysterious disease in Pangasinan.

This was the declaration of the Department of Health (DOH) amid reports of the "flesh-eating disease" spreading in Pangasinan.

"Walang epidemic. Walang dapat ikatakot. Kasi ito ay mga sakit na dumadapo talaga sa tao," said DOH Undersecretary Ted Herbosa in an interview with reporters.

His statement comes after reports came out that there is a mysterious disease spreading in Pangasinan.

According to a television report, the disease found in two individuals appeared to be eating the skin and flesh of the patients.

The report caused public panic, at least over the internet, with many believing it to be the realization of the supposed prophecy of Indian nationals Vincent Selvakumar and Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj of a disease that will consume the flesh of men starting from Pangasinan and eventually globally.

But according to Herbosa, reports from their Ilocos Region office belied that they are flesh eating disease cases.

He said they are actually cases of leprosy and psoriasis, respectively, found in two different patients.

"These two cases are not related. They are two different diseases. Epidemic is one disease spreading to many people. Leprosy is different from psoriasis so it is not an epidemic," said the official.

Herbosa said the DOH is already in the process of providing treatment assistance to the two patients. (HDT/Sunnex)

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