Ja­panese en­cephali­tis cases closely mon­i­tored

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MANILA - The gov­ern­ment is closely mon­i­tor­ing the in­ci­dence of mosquito­borne Ja­panese en­cephali­tis in the coun­try that has so far claimed nine lives, Mala­cañang said on Mon­day.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Ernesto as­sured the gov­ern­ment is dou­bling its ef­fort to step up pre­ven­tive mea­sures to avoid mos­quito-borne dis­ease that typ­i­cally rises dur­ing the rainy sea­son.

"The gov­ern­ment as­sures the pub­lic that it is closely mon­i­tor­ing cases of Ja­panese en­cephali­tis in the coun­try with the on­set of the rainy sea­son when trans­mis­sion of the virus peaks be­cause of the rise of the mos­quito pop­u­la­tion," Abella said in a state­ment.

"We en­cour­age the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units to re­port and no­tify sus­pect cases of Ja­panese en­cephali­tis," he added.

Ja­panese en­cephali­tis is a vi­ral dis­ease trans­mit­ted to hu­man through the bite of the Culex tri­tae­nio-rhyn­cus mos­quito.

Symp­toms of the virus, which usu­ally take five to 15 days to de­velop, in­clude fever, headache, vom­it­ing, con­fu­sion, and dif­fi­culty in mov­ing.

The dis­ease may also re­sult in neck stiff­ness, seizures, paral­y­sis, coma, and pos­si­ble death.

The Depart­ment of Health (DOH) has recorded nine deaths from Jan­uary 1 to Au­gust 26.

Seven of the nine ca­su­al­ties were re­ported in Cen­tral Lu­zon, in­clud­ing four in Pam­panga, two in Zam­bales, and one in Nueva Ecija. The two other deaths were in Pan­gasi­nan and La­guna. SunS­tar Philip­pines

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