Sudden upsurge of dengue in Kalinga noted in July
by L. Lopez
Tabuk City, Kalinga (10 October) -- Considered controlled in the province in the past three years, dengue posted a sudden upsurge in July, according to reports from the Provincial Epidemics Surveillance Unit (PESU).
With the onset of the rainy season, dengue cases rose during the third quarter of the year with 27 cases recorded at the PESU. Only five cases were reported from January-June.
PESU Provincial Monitoring Officer Jose Pardito Jr, however, qualified the number of dengue cases this year is still lower compared to the same period last year with 31.
But the long silence in dengue scare in the province was broken by the breaking news of one dengue patient from Kalinga who died in Tuguegarao, Cagayan. As of now we are still tracing where he could have contracted dengue, Pardito said.
From the round-up conducted by this writer among children's clinics in the province, medical doctors indeed claim there is high prevalence of dengue among children. They noted, however, it is not of the hemorrhagic kind this time and there is no reported death, so far.
Report from the PESU showed that most of the cases this year occurred in this city with 23, while Pinukpuk and Paracelis towns posted two each.
Because of the reports, the PESU office again starts to intensify its campaign against dengue with its 4S fight on search and destroy all mosquito breeding places, adapt self protective measures, seek early medication from symptoms and say NO to fogging.
Pardito also reiterated "oplan pattog" of eradicating all possible water containers exposed at the backyards where dengue mosquitoes can use as breeding place.
Dengue, which used to be a leading cause of morbidity especially in the Metro Manila area as shown by DOH reports is again a focus of the department's preventive efforts at this rainy season. (PIA Kalinga) [top]