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    Flesh-eating disease alarms Phl

    A Philippine lawmaker on Wednesday called on Health Secretary Enrique Ona to investigate a recent report of mysterious flesh-eating illness spreading in Pangasinan province, which she said is a matter of public health and safety.
    In a letter to Ona, Rep. Rose Marie "Baby" Arenas also requested for immediate assistance by the concerned regional office of the Department of Health (DOH) to be extended to the victims.
    "I am extremely alarmed with the recent report that there is a mysterious flesh-eating illness spreading in Pangasinan. May I request for your immediate action to probe this matter of public health and safety," Arenas stressed in her letter.
    Arenas said she would appreciate it if the DOH Secretary could give her a brief on the status of the matter at Ona's earliest convenience, as she vowed to help in addressing the issue.
    "I will do everything in my capacity as Representative of the Third District of Pangasinan to mobilize the House Committee on Health, of which I am member, for any help or action necessary to address this problem," Arenas said.
    Arenas said a report aired on the Bandila news program of ABS-CBN last February 24, 2014 cited a mysterious flesh-eating disease spreading in Pangasinan, and that two cases have been reported in the towns of Villasis and Sta. Barbara.
    The lady lawmaker expressed hope that her letter will merit Ona's attention and expeditious disposition of the health matter.
    Meanwhile, a day after the news broke out, provincial health officer Dr. Anna Marie de Guzman clarified that the two patients who were earlier reported to be carrying a flesh-eating disease were diagnosed with leprosy and psoriasis. She assured that both diseases are not contagious.
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