DENGUE CASES IN THE CORDILLERA REGION UP BY 300%

BAGUIO CITY — The Department of Health (DOH) Cordillera Regional Office advised that measures against dengue fever be implemented throughout the year, citing a report that cases in the region increased by 300 percent.

In a press briefing on Thursday, January 7, DOH Officer-in-Charge Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan said that lately, no pattern has been identified in the proliferation of the Dengue Mosquito or Aedes aegypti.

Pangilinan said the dreaded mosquito has adapted to the year-round weather in the Cordillera Region, making it difficult to pinpoint when to be more cautious.

Pangilinan said there was an increase of almost 8,000 cases in 2015 with 10,593 from a mere 2,645 cases in 2014 where details were gathered from January 1 to December 26.

DOH records show a 70 percent increase of cases in the Province of Abra with 594 in 2014 to 1,012 cases in 2015; Apayao with 282 (2014) to 1,080 (2015) or up by 283 percent; Baguio with 385 (2014) to 1,710 (2015) or up by 344 percent.

In Benguet, there were 545 cases in 2014 which increased to 2,045 cases or a 275 percent increase; Ifugao with 213 (2014) to 772 (2015) or a 262 percent increase; Kalinga – 352 (2014) to 2,434 (2015) or a 591 percent increase and Mountain Province – 92 (2014) to 745 (2015), a 710 percent increase.

There were four deaths in 2014 and 12 in 2015 with four females and eight males.

Abra had one female and two male fatalities; Apayao with a male and female fatalities; Baguio City – a female and two male fatalities and Kalinga – two male fatalities.

Reported cases range from infants to septuagenarians with males dominating the number.

Pangilinan recommended self-protection from mosquito bites which may include wearing of long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

Fogging in areas when warranted of outbreak; search and destroy; cleanliness campaigns in the community; proper disposal of garbage, reporting and immediate action on possible mosquito breeding places, is appropriate, Pangilinan said. PNA