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2006/10/19

Maasin City populace alarmed by rising hepa cases

by Rebecca Cadavos

Maasin City (19 October) -- Hepatitis A cases here are increasing, from 24 cases identified last October 17 through a survey, to 40 cases to date, Letecia O. Tan Department of Health Representative reported during the weekly "Aksyon, Solusyon, Inisyatibo" (ASI) program of the city government here.

Though some of the patients consulted to private doctors, Tan confirmed that the surveying team identified them contacted with the illness. Some of them also seek advice from Rural Health Units and at the Salvacion Oppus Yńiguez Memorial Provincial Hospital (SOYMPH) based here and none of the patients were admitted yet at the provincial hospital, Tan disclosed.

Hepatitis A is a virus transmitted through fecal - oral route and will possibly developed into jaundice. It means someone with the virus handles food you eat without washing his or her hands after using the toilet. It can also be contacted by drinking contaminated water, eating raw foods which are polluted, Tan explained. It's entry site is through the gastro-intestinal tract and the skin, she added.

Tan during the ASI program this morning, October 19 disclosed that Hepa A virus can be prevented with the target clientele to stay at home to avoid transmission to other person since it is contagious. Drink lots of safe water, eat properly especially green and leafy vegetables, proper sanitation and rest. While treating at home, utensils used by the patient should be separated from other members of the family. 'The virus is self limiting, it will be gone within 20-50 days with symptomatic treatment", she said.

Tan urged the populace to report immediately to any health personnel if symptoms of heap A virus were noted such as fever, lack of appetite, vomiting, headache, stomachache and yellowish of the eyes and skin. As to date the survey team identified (3) barangays within the city proper identified with hepa A cases namely: Tunga-tunga, Tagnipa and Combado.

Meanwhile, City Investment Promotion Officer Royen Segovia, ASI host said that City Health Enforcers were already tasked to inspect food establishments and remind them of the proper food handling especially those establishments in nearby schools. They had confirmed that Cacao spring in Brgy. Combado is already contaminated, Information Officer Segovia further said.

As of this writing, the city government and health personnel urged to cooperate because they are still tracing where the virus came from. (PIA) [top]

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