MYSTERIOUS FLESH-EATING DISEASE IN PANGASINAN A HOAX - HEALTH EXEC

The so-called “mysterious disease” in Pangasinan that is eating the flesh of its victims is no mystery
at all, the provincial health officer said on Tuesday. This as Pangasinan provincial health officer Dr. Anna De Guzman dispelled a news report that said a “flesh-eating disease” is spreading in the province. “There is no truth to a rumor that a flesh-eating disease is spreading in the province,” De Guzman told INQUIRER.net in a phone interview.
This developed after ABS-CBN in their news program “Bandila” reported on Monday night that a “mysterious” “flesh-eating illness” (misteryosong sakit) is “slowly” (unti-unti) spreading in Pangasinan. The report interviewed two case studies from Villasis and Santa Barbara whose skin were reported to be “decaying” (naaagnas). The reporter can be seen wearing a doctor’s protective gear and face mask. De Guzman clarified that the first patient from Santa Barbara was a leper who suffered from an adverse reaction from a drug. Meanwhile, the second patient from Villasis is ailed with psoriasis, the doctor added.
She said the two cases were not that of the rare necrotizing fasciitis, a serious bacterial infection that spreads rapidly and destroys the body’s soft tissue, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

ALSO: Julius Babao Issues Statement on Flesh-Eating Disease

Julius Babao issued a statement regarding the “flesh-eating disease” covered by ABS-CBN’s late-night news program “Bandila” which turned out as a hoax in Pangasinan. Julius Babao stressed the flesh-eating report was not intended to sow fear on the public particularly the netizens who watched the exclusive video as the “mysterious disease” reportedly spreading in the province of Pangasinan. “It is not the program’s intention to scare the public but to report the information we gathered so that authorities would give appropriate action,” Julius Babao said in Filipino on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 on Bandila. Based on the investigative report conducted by ABS-CBN News, two patients namely Claire from Santa Barbara and Joseph from Villasis, Pangasinan are suffering from the mysterious “flesh-eating disease.” However, it has been proven by the Department of Health (DOH) Executive Anna De Guzman, that the two patients from Pangasinan are suffering from leprosy and psoriasis. It was also found-out that the two alleged victims are on the agony of simultaneous complications. The two are now being treated in a local hospital in Pangasinan.

ALSO: DOH chief: Don’t panic over ‘flesh-eating disease’

Health Secretary Enrique Ona urged the public not to panic over a supposed “flesh-eating” skin disease in Pangasinan. “There is no reported case of ‘flesh-eating’ skin disease in the country yet. Absolutely no reason for the public to panic,” the health secretary said in a statement posted in their Facebook account on Tuesday. Ona made the statement after ABS-CBN reported in their late-night program “Bandila” that a “mysterious flesh-eating disease” is slowly spreading in Pangasinan.
The reporter, clad in protective gear and face mask, interviewed two case studies in Villasis and Santa Barbara who were said to be “decaying” due to a “mysterious” disease. But the provincial health officer dispelled the report, saying the two victims had psoriasis and leprosy. Ona further explained that the patient in Santa Barbara is a 21-year-old female who is on multi-drug therapy for leprosy. The patient developed an adverse reaction to the drugs.


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‘Mysterious flesh-eating disease’ in Pangasinan a hoax–health exec

MANILA, MARCH 3, 2014 (INQUIRER) The so-called “mysterious disease” in Pangasinan that is eating the flesh of its victims is no mystery at all, the provincial health officer said on Tuesday.

This as Pangasinan provincial health officer Dr. Anna De Guzman dispelled a news report that said a “flesh-eating disease” is spreading in the province.

“There is no truth to a rumor that a flesh-eating disease is spreading in the province,” De Guzman told INQUIRER.net in a phone interview.

This developed after ABS-CBN in their news program “Bandila” reported on Monday night that a “mysterious” “flesh-eating illness” (misteryosong sakit) is “slowly” (unti-unti) spreading in Pangasinan.

The report interviewed two case studies from Villasis and Santa Barbara whose skin were reported to be “decaying” (naaagnas). The reporter can be seen wearing a doctor’s protective gear and face mask.

De Guzman clarified that the first patient from Santa Barbara was a leper who suffered from an adverse reaction from a drug.

Meanwhile, the second patient from Villasis is ailed with psoriasis, the doctor added.

She said the two cases were not that of the rare necrotizing fasciitis, a serious bacterial infection that spreads rapidly and destroys the body’s soft tissue, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Orpheus Velasco, Pangasinan provincial information officer, said the two patients are now in the hospital for further treatment.

De Guzman said the report only connected the two case studies to a prophecy by a self-titled prophet warning of a flesh-eating disease in Pangasinan.

“Sometimes, the media attempts to exaggerate to make the news sensational… They just want to connect it to the prophecy,” she said in Filipino.

The ABS-CBN report was made amid an internet buzz that a prophecy by self-titled prophet Vincent Selvakumar of the Voice of Jesus Ministries in April 2013 said a flesh-eating disease would spread from the Ilocos province to the world.

Just hours after the Bandila report came out Monday night, the hashtag #PrayForPangasinan trended on Twitter, with netizens resorting to faith amid fears of an apocalyptic doom.

The prophet was also said to have predicted a flood that would ravage Samar and Leyte, a reference supernatural netizens said was fulfilled when Super Typhoon “Yolanda” ravaged the Central Philippines in November 2013.

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Julius Babao Issues Statement on Flesh-Eating Disease Report by BLINKREMZ on FEBRUARY 26, 2014 in NEWS

Julius Babao issued a statement regarding the “flesh-eating disease” covered by ABS-CBN’s late-night news program “Bandila” which turned out as a hoax in Pangasinan.


Julius Babao-Flesh Eating Disease

Julius Babao stressed the flesh-eating report was not intended to sow fear on the public particularly the netizens who watched the exclusive video as the “mysterious disease” reportedly spreading in the province of Pangasinan.

“It is not the program’s intention to scare the public but to report the information we gathered so that authorities would give appropriate action,” Julius Babao said in Filipino on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 on Bandila.

Based on the investigative report conducted by ABS-CBN News, two patients namely Claire from Santa Barbara and Joseph from Villasis, Pangasinan are suffering from the mysterious “flesh-eating disease.”

However, it has been proven by the Department of Health (DOH) Executive Anna De Guzman, that the two patients from Pangasinan are suffering from leprosy and psoriasis.

It was also found-out that the two alleged victims are on the agony of simultaneous complications. The two are now being treated in a local hospital in Pangasinan.

The flesh-eating disease report courtesy of Bandila is said to be the fulfillment of the prophecy of Indian Prophet Sadhu who recently gave his prediction about the disease which would start in Pangasinan and spread all over the world.

Meanwhile, the hashtag #PrayForPangasinan trended on Twitter earlier with the hope of Filipinos online for the recovery of the alleged victims of “flesh-eating disease.” Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab

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DOH chief: Don’t panic over ‘flesh-eating disease’ INQUIRER.net 4:15 pm | Tuesday, February 25th, 2014


Health Secretary Enrique Ona. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Enrique Ona urged the public not to panic over a supposed “flesh-eating” skin disease in Pangasinan.

“There is no reported case of ‘flesh-eating’ skin disease in the country yet. Absolutely no reason for the public to panic,” the health secretary said in a statement posted in their Facebook account on Tuesday.

Ona made the statement after ABS-CBN reported in their late-night program “Bandila” that a “mysterious flesh-eating disease” is slowly spreading in Pangasinan.

The reporter, clad in protective gear and face mask, interviewed two case studies in Villasis and Santa Barbara who were said to be “decaying” due to a “mysterious” disease. But the provincial health officer dispelled the report, saying the two victims had psoriasis and leprosy.

Ona further explained that the patient in Santa Barbara is a 21-year-old female who is on multi-drug therapy for leprosy. The patient developed an adverse reaction to the drugs.

Meanwhile, the patient in Villasis was said to have a severe case of psoriasis, a chronic skin disease of red patches and white scales, Ona added.

“There are a lot of diseases that may manifest through changes in the skin. It is good to consult our doctors or go to the nearest barangay health unit when we need medical advice and treatment. Let us avail of the free healthcare service in our health facilities,” Ona said.

The two cases were not that of the rare necrotizing fasciitis, a serious bacterial infection that spreads rapidly and destroys the body’s soft tissue, Pangasinan provincial health officer Dr. Anna Guzman said.

The ABS-CBN report was made amid an internet buzz that a prophecy by self-titled prophet Vincent Selvakumar of the Voice of Jesus Ministries in April 2013 said a flesh-eating disease would spread from the Ilocos province to the world.

Just hours after the Bandila report came out Monday night, the hashtag #PrayForPangasinan trended on Twitter, with netizens resorting to faith amid fears of an apocalyptic doom.

The prophet was also said to have predicted a flood that would ravage Samar and Leyte, a reference supernatural netizens said was fulfilled when Super Typhoon “Yolanda” ravaged the Central Philippines in November 2013.


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