CHO warns on Chikungunya; dengue cases down in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 October 2015 18:04

by jasmine mohammadsali

The City Health Office reported a decrease in the number of dengue cases in the City for the month of September, continuing the successful control and prevention measures instituted by the office which has so far curb the number of dengue cases for 2015.

Agbulos reported a significant decrease of dengue cases for the month of September, which recorded 138 cases compared to the 275 cases documented on the same month last 2014.

The City, to date, is seeing lower number of cases this year compared to the figures last 2014. For the past four months, the figures are as follows: 183 cases for June 2015 (543 cases for June 2014), 301 cases for July 2015 (583 cases, July 2014), 240 cases for August 2015 (339 cases, August 2014), and 138 cases for September 2015 (275 cases, September 2014).

The CHO, however, remains on alert and will continue its anti-dengue drive in cooperation with the barangays.

“One hundred thirty eight is a good figure, but again we say, we are not happy and contended kay tali pa sila syempre,” Agbulos said.

He also cautioned residents on the spread of Chikungunya, a viral disease which is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti, the same mosquito which transmits dengue fever.

“There were about 4 cases of Chikungunya confirmed in Guiwan. It is still aedes aegypti that is the vector,” he said.

Chikungunya, explained Agbulos, presents like dengue with high fever and rashes. Unlike dengue, which can be fatal, Chikungunya is rarely fatal but can cause severe, often debilitating, joint pains.

“We are also interested [in monitoring] the disease,” said Agbulos.

According to the World Health Organization, vector control is one of the ways to prevent the spread of Chikungunya. As with dengue, vector control involves controlling the mosquito vectors or interruption of human–vector contact through environment management (cleanliness, clearing of stagnant water and other potential mosquito breeding areas) as well as chemical and biological control (insecticides and mosquito repellents). — Jasmine Mohammadsali