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PIA Press Release
2007/09/13

Oro CHO steps up campaign vs measles, filariasis

Cagayan de Oro City (13 September) -- THE City Health Office (CHO) is intensifying its campaign to eliminate measles and filariasis in Cagayan de Oro.

Dr. Rachel Dilla, assistant city health officer, stressed that starting the month of October, this year, there will be a massive vaccination against measles for children ages 4 years old and below in all health centers in the city.

Dr. Dilla urged the parents to bring their children to the nearest health center in their area for a booster shot of measles vaccine.

In November, this year, the CHO will conduct a massive treatment of all residents in the hinterland barangays ages 2 and up against lymphatic filariasis or elephantiasis.

Dr. Dilla said that the massive filiariasis treatment is scheduled by the CHO after noting a high prevalence rate of filariasis in the city's hinterland barangays.

According the the CHO, filiarisis infection is notably high in such hinterland barangays as Lumbia, Bayanga, Mambuaya, Dansolihon, Besigan, Tignapoloan, Taglimao, Tagpangi, Pagalungan, Pigsag-an, Tuburan, Tumpagon, Baikingon, San Simon and Balubal and other slum areas in the city's urban barangays.

Filariasis is a parasitic and infectious tropical disease caused by three thread-like filarial worms wuchereria bancrofti, brugia malayi, and brugia timoria, which are all transmitted to the human body by mosquitoes.

The disease manifests as elephantiasis or the thickening of the skin and underlying tissues, which is caused when the microfilarial worms are lodged in the lymphatic system.

The more physical manifestation of filiariasis are the swelling, scarring and infections of the legs and the groin. (Cagayan de Oro City IO/PIA-MisOrOccCam i-Net) [top]

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