PHO: Dengue cases in Negros down 88%-A A +A
Thursday, July 10, 2014
DENGUE cases in Negros Occidental dropped by 88 percent in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year, records of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) showed.
There were only 188 dengue cases from January to June 26 this year with two deaths compared to 1,554 cases with five deaths during the first six months in 2013.
Still, the PHO continued to warn Negrenses to take necessary precautionary measures to avoid the virus from mosquito bites.
Those who died of dengue this year are from San Carlos City and Escalante City.
San Carlos City has the most number of dengue cases this year with 47.
It is followed by Silay City, 23; Bago City, 21; Talisay City, 12; La Carlota City, 10; Kabankalan City, 8; Cadiz City, Calatrava and E.B. Magalona, six cases each; and Manapla, Murcia and Sagay City, five cases each.
In Bacolod, Councilor Sonya Verdeflor, chairperson of the City Council committee on women and gender, urged the City Health Office through the Office of the City Mayor to commence dengue awareness and prevention measures.
Her call is stated in a resolution passed by the City Council during their regular session Wednesday.
Verdeflor noted that during the start of the rainy season, cases of dengue are afflicting the Bacolodnons especially children.
The dreaded mosquito-borne disease is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with a dengue virus.
Symptoms of dengue fever, which usually begin four to six days after infection and lasts up to 10 days may include sudden high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, severe joint and muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, skin rash which appears three to four days after the onset of fever, and mild bleeding such as nose bleed, bleeding gums or easy bruising.
Verdeflor added: “In order to protect our constituents’ health especially those of children, it is imperative that our city government should conduct massive dengue awareness and prevention measures in our barangays to be spearheaded by our City Health Office.” (With reports from CNC)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 10, 2014.