Dengue claims 16th victim in ZC for 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 September 2015 13:24

by Sheila Covarrubias


Dengue hemorrhagic fever, a mosquito-borne disease claimed the life of a 7-year old boy from Sinunuc Friday, bringing to 16 the total number of fatalities for the disease from January 1 to September 11 this year.

City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos said however based on statistics, the number of fatalities as well as the number of dengue cases registered this  year is still way below the statistics of last year.

A total of 180 dengue cases were registered for the month of August this year as compared to the over 300 cases registered during the same period last year.

Nevertheless, Agbulos said his office will continue to intensify awareness campaign on the control and prevention of dengue. These advocacies include information drives as well as cleanliness activities in the barangays.

He likewise called on all residents to maintain cleanliness and sanitation especially eliminating all dengue-mosquito breeding areas to prevent dengue cases.

Meanwhile,  Agbulos warned the public against the discovery of a new disease, chikungunya, a viral disease transmitted by the same vector as that of dengue but the pain is more severe and longer in terms of duration.

Based on tests conducted, 4 cases of chikungunya have been discovered in Zamboanga City.

Chikungunya cases fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often debilitating and can vary in duration. The disease shares some clinical signs with dengue and can be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common.

Based on reports, there is no cure for the disease and treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms. The proximity of mosquito breeding sites to human habitation is a significant risk factor for chikungunya. — Sheila Covarrubias