Dengue alert lifted in Kalinga
by L. Lopez
Tabuk, Kalinga (24 October) -- Health authorities here has lifted dengue alert following remarkable drop in the number of cases to only seven in the last monitoring period from October 4 to 10.
This capital town, where about 90% of dengue cases were recorded declared an outbreak last July when the number of cases reached 101, the highest in three years.
Since the epidemic broke out last June, the Provincial Epidemics and Surveillance Unit (PESU) of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) conducted weekly monitoring and recorded three deaths from January-October.
The weekly PESU monitoring graph showed that the cases of dengue started to drop in August 22-29, until the alert was lifted this month.
PESU Officer Jose Pardito, Jr. said they were alerted with the outbreak this year since dengue has been out in the list of primary cause of morbidity in the province since 2006.
Following the outbreak in 2005 where seven deaths were recorded, the province sustained massive prevention and control efforts with local government units, particularly in affected areas, implementing integrated dengue eradication programs in their municipal plans.
In 2007, PESU recorded 71 cases and 51 cases in 2008.
Pardito noted that the periodic occurrence of dengue outbreak in the province takes place every four years. He attributed this on the possible mutation of the dengue virus in a particular place, because according to Pardito, a person having been inflicted with dengue develops immunity from that same virus.
Pardito stressed that dengue watch is still up as it still rainy serason. He reminded residents to maintain clean surroundings and eradicate exposed water containers that are potential breeding places for mosquitoes. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]