Fabian warns vs deadly ‘Cambodia’ virus strain PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 July 2012 14:10

District 2 Congressman Erbie A. Fabian raised grave concerns over the possible spread to the country and the city of the deadly Enterovirus 71 strain which was found positive in children who perished recently in a mysterious epidemic outbreak in Cambodia.

Rep. Fabian, who is a nurse by profession and a senior member of the House Committee on Health, has called on medical and health authorities here to immediately adopt precautionary measures in the city and conduct information campaign on the effects of the virus strain.

Enterovirus 71 causes hand, foot and mouth diseases and can be very fatal to people who comes in contact with it often resulting in death.

The ‘Cambodia medical crisis’ has called worldwide attention after scientists and medical experts found the virus strain present in most of the fatal cases
autopsied, majority of whom were children.

The Cambodian health ministry feels there could be a link between the virus and the over 60 fatalities recorded since the mystery disease broke open.

Fabian said the initial findings indicate its early symptoms include high fever, breathing difficulty and neurological problems leading to breathing difficulty and rapid deterioration of the respiratory function.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common infectious disease in infants and children, according to the joint release. It is spread from person to person by direct contact with nose or throat discharges, saliva, fluid from blisters, or the feces of the infected, according to medical findings.

Fabian also called out the attention of barangay officials and parents of children particularly those living in crowded blighted areas to check and clean their surroundings as the EV-71 virus prospers in dirty and unsanitary conditions.

Parents particularly must constantly monitor the health well being of their children and at the earliest signs of the symptoms bring their children to the hospital for medical attention.

The Quarantine office and medical authorities from the DOH has moved to institute strict monitoring of the disease especially in airports and seaports on those coming from outside the country particularly the region where Cambodia is.

The City 2nd District Solon also reminded everyone on the prevailing conditions on Dengue fever to stay on alert now that the rainy season is on full swing in the city.

Fabian, a staunch advocate of good health said it is critical to everyone that we are aware of the latest developments on health and sanitation for the well being of the people in Zamboanga City.