ILOILO – Cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever in this province is showing a downtrend for the past three months although this mosquito-borne disease remains a major health concern.
Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado disclosed that from as high as 470 cases on the 28th morbidity week (July 7-13, 2013), the number tremendously decline to 31 cases on the 40th morbidity week (September 29-October 5, 2013).
“May this momentum continue until no one will ever suffer of dengue,” Trabado said reminding the public to remain vigilant and responsible.
She also said that everybody must remain aggressive, especially in destroying the breeding grounds of mosquitoes to prevent the surge of dengue in their community.
Meanwhile, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. warned the public not to be complacent of the good news since dengue is a reoccurring health problem.
He also urged everyone to seek early treatment once symptoms of dengue (e.g. high fever for three consecutive days) emerge.
For the record, a total of 5,927 dengue cases with 24 fatalities have been reported in this province from Janary 1 up to October 5.
The total case is 91.69 percent higher compared on the same period last year – 3,092 cases with 31 fatalities.
The towns with the most number of dengue cases are Janiuay (628 cases with one death), Cabatuan (380 cases with four deaths), Pavia (363 cases with one death), Santa Barbara (35o cases with three deaths) and Miagao (322 cases with two deaths).
In Miagao alone, seven villages remained dengue hot spots for there are clustering of three or more cases in four consecutive weeks.
Children aged one to ten are still severely affected by dengue (3,275 cases) and those from aged 11 to 20 (1,916 cases).
Dengue is caused by daylight-biting mosquitoes Aedes egypti and Aedes albopictus that live and breed in clear, stagnant waters.
This infectious disease is manifested by a sudden onset of fever, with severe headache, muscle and joint pains, and rashes. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)