Dengue cases in Valley decreasing

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Thursday, July 3, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The dengue campaign in the valley remains effective.

As of June 2014, the Provincial Health Office reported a 12 percent decrease in dengue cases from 146 to 128 patients.

"Mas mainam kung tulong-tulong, together we can combat dengue," said Doctor Maria Imelda Ulep, Benguet Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit and Health Emergency Management System Coordinator.

Ulep said there are other campaigns against dengue in the province and increasing public awareness is a must.

As a part of this advocacy, the Provincial Health Office held a symposium against Dengue in celebration with the Asean Dengue Day on Tuesday at the La Trinidad municipal gym with the theme, "Unity and Harmony within the Asean Community.

Mayor Edna Tabanda and Governor Nestor Fongwan delivered their messages during the program.

Ulep said the public should always be reminded of the 4S against Dengue which are: search and destroy breeding places of Dengue causing mosquitoes, self-protection measures as wearing of long-sleeve shirts and long pants and using mosquito repellents during day time, seeking early consultation when early symptoms of fever and rashes are noted, and saying no to indiscriminate fogging except in case of dengue outbreak.

As of 2011, 5,000 cases of dengue with 24 deaths, mostly children, were noted in the Cordilleras. The rainy season, which starts in the Month of June, leads to proliferation of mosquito breeding sites resulting in seasonal increase in dengue cases.

Dengue is a virus carried by female Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Athopyctus from a human Dengue carrier to a non-carrier. The signs and symptoms of dengue are high continuous fever for 2-7 days, skin flushing, hemorrhagic manifestations like nose bleeding and/or gum bleeding, loss of appetite and nausea and vomiting.

"If you have one of these symptoms better consult a doctor, mas maigi kung maagapan agad," said Ulep. (Danica S. Guieb/ISU-Echague Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 04, 2014.

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