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Public alerted on rising dengue cases

by PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (14 August) -- The Provincial Health Office (PHO) alerted the public on the rising cases of dengue in the province.

"We should continue the search and destroy operations of dengue breeding places to get rid of deadly mosquitoes," said Mildred Quilino, Information Officer, PHO.

Latest report showed a total of 69 suspected dengue cases admitted in the hospitals. The capital town of San Jose has the highest with 12, followed by San Remigio and Tibiao with 9 cases each, Belison and Hamtic 7 each, Hamtic, Anini-y and Tobias Fornier has 6 each while other towns have less than 3 cases.

Dr. Norman Tanchuan, Provincial Health Officer urged the public to do daily clean up especially in areas with clear stagnant water or those that have water containers which needs regular cleaning. Simultaneous and regular cleaning of surroundings in barangays can extinct Aedes Egypti and Aedes Albupectus which are carriers of deadly dengue virus, he said.

Aside from flower vases, tin cans, bottles, and old tires that store water, dengue also thrives in bathrooms and closets where they seek refuge in hanging clothes, thus in and outdoor cleaning is recommended, said Quilino.

The source further noted that every week Delegate Angel Salazar General Hospital has admission of dengue patients, however, most of the cases were admitted in early stages and have managed to recover after few days.

The Department of Health recommended sanitary measures to destroy breeding places of dengue. Cover water drums and water pails at all times to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Replace water in flower vases once a week. Clean all water containers once a week and scrub the sides well to remove eggs of mosquitoes. Clean gutters of leaves and debris so that rain water will not collect as breeding places of mosquitoes. Old tires used as roof support should be punctured or cut to avoid accumulation of water. Collect and dispose all unusable tin cans, jars, bottles and other items that can collect and hold water.

When signs and Symptoms occur, patients should seek immediate medical attention or go to nearest health center. Among the signs and symptom are sudden onset of high fever which may last 2 to 7 days, joint & muscle pain and pain behind the eyes, weakness, skin rashes - maculopapular rash or red tiny spots on the skin called petechiae. Nosebleeding when fever starts to subside, abdominal pain, vomiting of coffee-colored matter and dark-colored stools. (PIA) [top]

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