Ja­panese en­cephali­tis im­mu­niza­tion set in Baguio

Sun.Star Baguio - - Top Stories - Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Re­porter

THE BAGUIO Health Depart­ment (BHD) is set to con­duct a mass im­mu­niza­tion for Ja­panese en­cephali­tis (JE) in barangays.

BHD head Dr. Rowena Galpo ex­plained JE are the same mos­quito which trans­mits dengue.

“We are go­ing to have a free mass im­mu­niza­tion for Ja­panese En­cephali­tis in Fe­bru­ary for chil­dren not only for stu­dents, but for the com­mu­nity,” Galpo said.

The dis­ease is spread through mos­quito bites, with symp­toms usu­ally tak­ing five to 15 days to de­velop and in­cludes fever, headache, vomit­ing, con­fu­sion, and dif­fi­culty in mov­ing.

Symp­toms that de­velop later in­clude swelling around the brain and coma. JE is a se­ri­ous dis­ease that may cause death.

Aedes ae­gypti, the yel­low fever mos­quito, is a mos­quito that can spread dengue fever, chikun­gunya, Zika fever, Ma­yaro and yel­low fever viruses, and other dis­ease agents.

The mos­quito can be rec­og­nized by white mark­ings on its legs and a mark­ing in the form of a lyre on the up­per sur­face of its tho­rax.

This mos­quito orig­i­nated in Africa, but is now found in trop­i­cal, sub­trop­i­cal and tem­per­ate re­gions through­out the world.

“We have recorded

JE cases here in the city but these cases were re­fer­rals from an­other place. There was one case who ex­plained that this was a home­grown, mean­ing the mos­quito is from here and this is where the mos­quito was bit­ten. We still en­cour­age the prac­tice of healthy life­style so as to pre­vent peo­ple from ac­quir­ing dis­eases like JE,” Galpo added.

Photo by Jean Ni­cole Cortes

HON­ESTY. Store­keeper Ramel Ines Far­iñas is given a cer­tifi­cate of com­men­da­tion by the City Gov­ern­ment of Baguio dur­ing the flag rais­ing cer­e­mony for giv­ing back a wal­let con­tain­ing P10,000. De­spite hav­ing only P20 in his pocket, he im­me­di­ately got in touch with barangay of­fi­cials at Campo Filipino which aided in re­turn­ing the money to its right­ful owner.

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