Cordillera health of­fi­cial notes de­cline of dengue cases

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DENGUE fever cases in the re­gion dropped by 83 per­cent for the first seven months of this year af­ter reg­is­ter­ing a to­tal of 1,023 cases com­pared to the 6,105 cases recorded by the health de­part­ment dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

Doc­tor Lak­shmi Le­gaspi, re­gional di­rec­tor of the De­part­ment of Health in the Cordillera said fa­tal­i­ties due to dengue also dropped to only two in­di­vid­u­als this year com­pared to the seven deaths re­ported dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

Based on the data pro­vided by the agency’s re­gional epi­demi­ol­ogy and sur­veil­lance unit (RESU), the dengue fever cases were from Kalinga – 312 cases, Benguet – 189 cases, Baguio City – 171 cases, Apayao – 109 cases, Ifu­gao – 86 cases, Abra – 54 cases, Moun­tain Province – 19 cases and non-CAR prov­inces – 83 cases.

DOH-CAR re­ported there were 597 males or 58.4 per­cent that were af­fected by the dreaded ill­ness.

Fur­ther, the age range of the af­fected in­di­vid­u­als was from 3 months to 92 years old with a me­dian of 18 years old.

For July 2017 alone, there were 315 dengue sus­pects that were re­ported by the dif­fer­ent ru­ral health fa­cil­i­ties which was 86 per­cent lower com­pared to the 2,331 cases that were reg­is­tered dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

The July dengue cases were from kalinga – 118, Benguet – 65 cases, Baguio City – 64 cases, Apayao – 29 cases, Ifu­gao – 12 cases, Abra – 3 cases, Moun­tain Province – 1 case and non-CAR prov­inces – 23 cases.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, 54.9 per­cent of the af­fected in­di­vid­u­als or 173 cases were males for July alone and the age range of the in­di­vid­u­als was from 8 days to 81 years old with a me­dian of 17 years old.

Le­gaspi re­vealed there were clus­ter­ing of dengue fever cases in the var­i­ous barangays of the re­gion although the sit­u­a­tion in the said ar­eas were un­der con­trol by the con­cerned health au­thor­i­ties.

Dengue fever is caused by any of the four serotypes of dengue virus and that all the strains are present in the Cordillera.

An in­fected day bit­ing fe­male aedes mos­quito trans­mits the vi­ral dis­ease to hu­mans who in turn should visit

the near­est health fa­cil­ity at the early stages of the in­fec­tion.

Le­gaspi pre­dicted the num­ber of dengue fever cases may peak dur­ing the rainy sea­son and may reach widespread pro­por­tions if pre­ven­tive mea­sures of con­trol are not taken.

She claimed dengue fever cases were in an in­creas­ing trend as ob­served in the past five years, thus, the need for the public to make sure that con­tain­ers of clear and stag­nant water that serve as the breed­ing ground of the dengue car­ry­ing mos­qui­toes are re­moved in­side and out­side their houses.

The health of­fi­cial ap­pealed to the public to heed the ad­vises of health work­ers in their ar­eas so that they will be able to im­ple­ment pre­ven­tive mea­sures to con­trol the spread of the dreaded vi­ral ill­ness. Dex­ter See/Baguio City PIO

Photo by Milo Brioso

ANTI-DENGUE AWRENES. With the De­part­ment of Health-CAR in­ten­si­fy­ing its anti-dengue aware­ness cam­paign, the agency noted the de­crease of cases in the re­gion com­pared to last year.

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