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Kalinga observes Dengue Awareness Month

Tabuk City, Kalinga (4 June) -- With the onset of the rainy season, health officials in the province are again calling on the public to observe the preventive measures against the increase of dengue disease- carrying mosquitoes especially in the capital town.

Committed in his advocacy to totally eradicate the occurrence of the dreaded disease in the province, Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU) Officer, Jose Pardito Jr. had been appealing to the public to continue the 4 o'clock habit of cleaning the community to eradicate possible breeding places of the Aedes aegypti or more rarely the Aedes albopictus mosquito known to transmit the diseases among humans.

He advised that any container that may store rainwater should be removed stressing that said mosquito breed easily in clear water which could be found even in the smallest water container such as soft drink bottle caps.

On the other hand, Dr. Bernadette Andaya, Chief of the Kalinga Central for Health Development said that part of Dengue Awareness Month activity this June will be the distribution of insecticide treated curtains in the public schools.

Since distribution is limited, DOH is providing only for one school every year. Recipient this year she said will be the Bulanao Central School, one of the largely populated schools in Tabuk City.

From January to May 2010, PESU reports that at least 20 suspected cases of dengue had been reported in their office, with three reported deaths due to dengue in 2009.

DOH said that prevention could be done through the use of mosquito repellents, discarding of all possible breeding place of mosquitoes, keeping stored water clean and closed, keep yourself well covered when outside and to take prompt medical advice once fever starts.

Symptoms start with fever accompanied by headache, severe joint pain,rashes, nausea and lack of appetite. The illness can last up to 10 days and the complete recovery could take about four to six weeks.

Infections result in relatively mild illness however in some cases it may lead to the dengue hemorrhagic fever manifested by bleeding through mouth, nose and gums. (ggdumallig/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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