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Dengue threat alarming

June 24 - 30, 2017

DONGON – The provincial health government has reminded the public to take extra precautions to prevent dengue infections especially with the onset of the rainy season.

According to Provincial Health Disease Surveillance Officer Joewill Napuli, dengue is on the rise and the number of cases is alarming in our province. However, there is yet no declaration of an outbreak as of presstime.

“Although there was a significant increase of cases, the provincial health office did not declare an outbreak since the virus has been sporadically distributed,” he said.

The surveillance officer noted that declaration of an outbreak manifests epidemic clustering of cases in a particular area.

Napuli, in an interview with the SLT, revealed that they have recorded a total of
142 dengue cases and 1 death as of June 20, 2017.

Based on the data, the cases of dengue have increased to 133 percent for the same period last year.

The identified mosquito hotspots include the municipalities of Saint Bernard, Hinunangan, San Juan and other towns in the Pacific areas.

“Even in summer, the number of reported dengue cases was on the rise in the province,” Napuli said.

This means that dengue vector has already in the year-round adaptation and no longer on seasonal basis.

Information campaign against dengue has been intensified and simultaneous fogging operations were conducted by the provincial fogging team in partnership with concerned local government units.

“In previous months, we conducted fogging operations at Saint Bernard and Hinunangan towns,” Sanitary Inspector Randolph Logroño said.

There are three fogging machines and enough chemicals to address the needs of the people.

Massive information drive, several orientations, comprehensive monitoring and larva surveys are conducted to prevent the dreaded dengue virus from spreading.

Health officers also emphasized the maintainance of clean surroundings and the destruction of all possible mosquito breeding sites.(By MARK L. RIMAS)







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