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PIA Press Release
2009/02/10

Antique PHO raises alert on dengue

San Jose, Antique (10 February) -- The Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Norman Tanchuan issued public alert on dengue cases with the admission of the first two cases at the Angel Salazar Memorial Hospital recently.

The patients were children aged 6 and 10 years old diagnosed with dengue hemorrhagic fever stage I from the towns of Hamtic and San Jose. After the proper medical treatment, the patients were declared safe and discharged in the hospital said, Mildred Quilino, Information Officer.

PHO enjoined everyone especially the local officials to spearhead the search and destroy operations of dengue breeding places. Households were also reminded to get rid of stuff that harbor mosquitoes such as flower vases, tin cans and old tires. Hanging clothes should be checked since mosquitoes enjoy the dim and cool areas. Stagnant water should also be drained because it not only serves as breeding places of mosquitoes but other diseases as well.

Quilino said that Aedis Agypti and Aedis Albupectus, dengue carrying mosquitoes thrive in favorable weather condition where sun shines after the rain, thus containers like bottles, etc. with stagnant water should be disposed properly, she said.

Simultaneous daily clean up is recommended in puroks and sitios in order that mosquitoes will have no place to stay if all the possible breeding place are cleaned. Burning of garbage to generate smoke to sweep away mosquitoes is not recommended since it damages the atmosphere that caused global warming and climate change, said the source.

Suspected dengue victims who may experience, high, on and off fever, rashes, pain in joints, bleeding, among others should be brought to nearest health facility for proper medical action. (PIA) [top]

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