Mayor Domogan calls for elimination of dengue in Baguio City

July 16, 2015 5:12 am 

BAGUIO CITY, July 15 — Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan is reminding residents to stick to the 4 o’clock clean-up habit this typhoon and rainy season to prevent the spread of dengue.

Based on the data gathered by the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) of the Health Services Office (HSO), there was a 33-percent increase in cases between January and June.

Domogan on June 14 quoted the report stating that there were 100 cases in 2014 which increased to 133 cases this year.

There were 21 dengue cases in January this year; 15 in February; 7 in March; 8 in April; 17 in May and 60 cases in June.

Yearly, the record further states, there were 305 cases recorded in 2009; 1161 in 2010; 485 in 2011; 715 in 2012; a record high of 1866 in 2013; and 377 in 2014 in Baguio City.

Cases increase in the rainy months of June and July, peaks in August and decrease in September and October towards the cold and dry months.

Statistically, more males are bitten than females and those aged 10 to 29 years are bitten more than those older.

Those aged between one and nine years old and 30 and 39 are also more susceptible to bites of the dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

Patients accommodated in Baguio City Hospitals include those dengue cases from Rizal, Pampanga, Davao del Sur, Cavite, Bulacan, Bataan, Zambales, Laguna, Cagayan, Apayao, Aurora, Ilocos Norte, Quirino, National Capital Region, Isabela, Tarlac, Ilocos Sur, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, La Union, Pangasinan and Cordillera provinces.

Dengue is spread mostly through bites by the female Aegis aegypti.

The symptoms after an incubation period which may last for seven days are fever, headache behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains and skin rash.

There may be nausea, vomiting, and bleeding from body openings.

Dengue may also cause organ dysfunction, and if untreated, may cause death. (PNA)

LAP/JOJO B. LAMARIA/SSC

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