Dengue, leptospirosis, gastroenteritis cases up

MORE DEATHS REPORTED

THE Provincial Health Office expressed alarm over increasing cases of dengue in the province, and seven have died so far.

Dr. Ana de Guzman, provincial health officer said, there are now 1,280 newly recorded cases of dengue, representing a 20% increase from the 1,251 dengue cases last year (January to July).

De Guzman attributed the increase owing to the rainy season that kept low lying places under water.

Presently being closely monitored by PHO for high cases of dengue are Bayamabang, Bugallon, Malasiqui, Lingayen, Tayug, Binmaley, San Nicolas, Asingan, Calasiao and San Carlos City.

While PHO already distributed insecticides and treated mosquito nets in the barangays for residents’ protection, De Guzman also recommended the use of misting indoor but cautioned the public against fogging operations due to the ill effects of the chemicals to human.

She said fogging operations are only recommended when there are clustering of cases in the barangay.

Meanwhile, PHO also recorded an increase of leptospirosis cases with 44 cases and 6 have died this year, which is higher from the 37 cases last 2016.

PHO warned the public to avoid wading in flooded areas or mud, and advised the use of rain boots.

Meanwhile there is also a recorded increase of cases of gastroenteritis with 6,636 and 35 have already died, higher than the 5,753 cases last 2016. (Nora Dominguez)