Dengue death toll since January: 11 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 March 2013 11:40

A total of 11 deaths among 500 cases of dengue have been monitored in the different disease reporting units in the city since the start of 2013.

Yesterday, a team led by Dr. Dulce Dagalea, chief of the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the city health office, visited the different hospitals to closely monitor suspected dengue patients and to assist them for their fast recovery.

This year’s record of both mortalities and number of patients is much higher compared to previous years, local health officials said.

Dengue has been considered as one of the dreaded diseases in the country today as it already claimed many innocent lives mostly children ages 0-10 years old.

In Zamboanga City, the outbreak status was never lifted since it was declared late last year by the Chief Executive through CHO recommendation.

“We are still in the outbreak level. We never lifted the alert status since cases were monitored almost everyday in the different hospitals. There were months that it went down, but it has never been eradicated,” City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos said.

What is worse is that the dengue virus this time does not only affect the blood platelets of the victim but also attacks the human vital organs like the kidney and liver when it (virus) goes towards the end stage,” Agbulos revealed.

As part of the advocacy program, DOH is intensifying its 4S campaign which is to search and destroy  possible breeding sites of mosquitoes; Self-Protection; Seek early consultation and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.

DOH officials said the program aims to reduce morbidity and mortality from the dengue infection by preventing the transmission of the virus from the mosquito vector to human.

Based on studies, the mosquito vectors, Female Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, breed in small collections of clean water such as storage tanks, cisterns, flower vases, and backyard litter. Its incubation period is from three to 14 days, but commonly from four to seven days.

The life cycle of female aedes mosquito undergoes four life stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. An egg becomes an adult mosquito after eight to 12 days.

The adult female mosquito bites throughout the day with peaks: two hours after sunrise and two hours before sundown. It actively bites at 26°C, largely bites at 26-35°C, and 40°C is lethal.

These mosquitoes prefer to bite those with low moisture output because they are attracted to warmer skin especially those who are moving or active persons.

“This is the reason why the most affected population are those within the 0-10 years old age group since they are active (e.g. playing) that attract female Aedis,” DOH official said. — Jimmy Villaflores