DOH alerts public vs dengue, leptospirosis

July 15, 2011 12:02 am 

MANILA, July 13 — The Department of Health (DOH) has reiterated the continued implementation of precautionary measures against dengue fever and leptospirosis following reports of cases of these diseases.

Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, DOH Infectious Disease specialist, reminded the public of the shared responsibility of the community and the government in addressing problems of dengue fever and leptospirosis.

Lee Suy, also DOH dengue program manager, said there is the need to intensify anti-dengue activities in the community considering this time is the so-called mosquito breeding period.

Lee Suy said the public to keep their surroundings clean, getting rid of all possible breeding sites of the mosquito vector which is the best defense against dengue.

The health official said the DOH has different strategies in dengue prevention and control program which includes the introduction Ovi-Larvi Trap System, a mosquito trap, and putting up of insecticide-treated nets in the school premises. It is also advocating the 4S in the campaign which include Search and destroy or getting rid of all mosquito breeding sites, Self protection measures, Seek early consultation and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.

From January to June 25 this year, the DOH reported a total of 29,898 dengue cases or lowered by 11.17 percent compared to the same period last year of 33,659.

During the said period, the DOH reported 521 cases of leptospirosis or 65.4 percent up during the same period last year of 315.

According to DOH, leptospirosis had claimed 38 deaths this year compared to 15 deaths during the same period last year while dengue has 185 deaths compared to last year of 288.

Lee Suy said this despite lower dengue this year, there is no room complacency on the part of the community as well as the DOH.

He attributed the increase in leptospirosis cases to recent floods brought about by rainy days or weather disturbance. (PNA)

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