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PIA Press Release
2006/10/04

Ilocos region’s health generally good, DOH observes

By Danny O. Sagun

Pangasinan (4 October) -- Dengue “is very much controlled” in Region 1 and the number of cases this year is lower compared to last year, Health Regional Director Eduardo Janairo told newsmen recently.

Janairo also clarified that no outbreak of the disease can yet be declared in the region or in Pangasinan as dengue incidents were only sporadic for the last several months since January.

He noted that the definition for an outbreak is “very relative” pointing out that the health department may declare an outbreak even with only a single incident of uncommon diseases like avian flu or the highly dreaded SARS as had happened in Alcala town some two years ago.

No new disease so far has been monitored although the health department is closely looking into three cases of capillarisis in La Union, he told mediamen before the start of the Safe Water System project launching at Lenox Hotel in Dagupan City.

The disease which is related to schistomiasis is caused by very small snails that carry the microorganism. Most affected are farmers who may unknowingly come in contact with the snails as they usually work barefoot in the field. He said DOH has yet to determine if the cases are “primary” (of local origin) in that area or the disease was brought there.

He clarified that the disease is different form the snail fever.

No case of meningococcemia was recorded so far this year, he also said. (PIA) [top]

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