Dengue outbreak reported in Kalinga
Baguio City (31 October) -- Dengue fever is an acute viral infection characterized by fever. It is caused by a bite from mosquitoes carrying dengue virus. Lately, Kalinga was alarmed because of a high number of dengue fever cases in the province.
The primary form of dengue fever is characterized by a skin rash and a high fever, headache, and muscles. Other symptoms may include shaking chills, diarrhea, and vomiting.
According to Arthur C. Ballog, Sanitation Inspector IV of the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, these symptoms were observed as basis of dengue suspect cases in the eight municipalities of Kalinga from January to August 2009.
Balbalan reported 26 cases- three in January, one in February, and 11 each last July and August. Lubuagan had one case in January, no case for the following five months but had 4 cases each in July and August. The municipality of Pasil did have any case during the first quarter but had one case in April, two each in June and July and 14 in August.
In Pinukpuk, 27 cases were reported with 1 in February, 5 in March, 2 in April, 1 in June, 18 in January - June, but in the month of July, 8 cases were reported and 3 in August.
For the municipality of Tinglayan, report of dengue started last June with two cases, six in July and 11 in August.
Rizal got the lesser case but Tabuk had the worst with the number of cases climbing up to 532 cases, 12 cases in April, 7 in May, 21 in June, 170 in July and 301 cases in August.
Overall, dengue fever cases in the province as of September reached 662, with 15 patients confined at hospitals.Out of the total cases reported, three cases fall into dengue shock syndrome. The three deaths in dengue shock syndrome are from the municipality of Tabuk.
Due to the increasing rate of dengue fever, the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit had its preventive efforts through information dissemination, case finding, educational campaign, and monitoring.
Dengue fever is a very serious illness that everybody should watch out to lessen, if not eradicate. Staying in doors in well-severed areas between dusk to dawn, sleeping inside mosquito nets, and wearing clothes that cover the entire body are other preventive measures. Enough awareness on dengue also helps prevent the disease. (Basing-at, Chona & Atma, Louielyn, KASC Dev-Comm Students) [top]