Puerto Princesa City sees clustering of malaria cases

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A CLUSTERING of malaria cases have been reported by the Department of Health (DOH) in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, where the vector-borne disease remains endemic.

In a statement, the DOH reported that 31 cases of malaria have been detected in Barangay Irawan, Puerto Princesa City during the period of April 26 to June 30.

"There is a reported clustering of malaria cases... with cases having common signs and symptoms of headaches, dizziness, body malaise, fever, and epigastric pain," said the DOH.

It said the Irawan Barangay Health Station has already managed the cases.

"As of July 5, 2023, all cases had recovered," said the DOH.

In order to prevent another clustering of cases, the Puerto Princesa City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit has already conducted case investigation and health education and reminded the importance of clean environment.

Vector-borne prevention and control programs have also been performed, such as misting and stream clearing activities, in affected areas.

Palawan remains the lone province in the country with remaining active malaria cases.

The DOH earlier said it is looking to rid Palawan with malaria cases come 2026. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)

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