11 more villages in Indang, Cavite affected by Chikungunya virus

INDANG, Cavite — An official of the health department of the province announced on Tuesday that 11 more villages in this town have been affected by Chikungunya virus with a total of 806 reported cases.

According to Dr. Nelson Soriano, provincial epidemiologist said that the latest record showed 11 more villages are now affected with chikungunya virus making 13 out of the 36 villages having cases of infestation .

Chikungunya infestation was first reported in Guyam Malaki with 207 cases; and Agus-us, with 189 cases. The infestation spread to the villages of Calumpang Cerca, with 150 cases; Guyam Munti-90; Deine 1-66; Deine 2-43; Village 3-23; Lumampong Halayha-17; Kaylambog-16; Village 4 (Poblacion) -1; Lumampong Balagha-1; Buna Lejos 2 -1; and Alulod-1 for a total of 806 cases from the 407 cases previously reported.

Dr. Soriano added that the Provincial Health Office(PHO) has already inform the town officials , the regional health department (RHD) staff and various sectors of the increasing number of chikungunya cases.

Likewise, he said technical assistance were provided such as: house to house active surveillance; random household larvae survey; entomological examination; blood and urine sampling; and information campaign during community assemblies conducted.

According to Mayor Perfecto V. Fidel , his staff, together with the PHO has been constantly monitoring the affected villages adding that a state of calamity was declared where Php 7 million was allocated for the purchase of medicines and to cover other expenses for the affected persons.

Meanwhile, Dr George Repique Jr., director, PHO maintained that to prevent the spread of chikungunya virus in all affected villages, residents should clean their houses and clean their surrounding daily. Rogelio Limpin/PNA-northboundasia.com