Dengue, diarrhea cases up this year

THE Provincial Health Office (PHO) has recorded 17% increase of dengue cases in Pangasinan this year while cases of diarrhea have already reached to 8,689 cases or 6% higher than of last year’s record of 8,198.

Based on the dengue surveillance update (January to November 27) released by PHO, there were already 4,472 cases which is 142 cases higher than last year’s case.

Most of the cases recorded were in Bayambang (446), San Carlos City (332), Malasiqui (285), Urdaneta City (341), Lingayen (240), Bugallon (191), Binmaley (144), Pozorrubio (131), Tayug (130) and Sta. Maria (127).

Based on the profile of cases, the youngest case was a two-year old male and oldest was a 90-year old male.

Dra. Ana de Guzman, Provincial Health Office Head, advised the public to clean their surroundings regularly to avoid the spread of dengue carrying mosquito.

The PHO has also distributed treated mosquito nets to the affected residents during it’s Kalusugan Caravan.

Meanwhile, the acute gastroenteritis surveillance update (January 1 to November 27) of the Epidiomology and Surveillance Unit of the Provincial Office from record, 40 have died, 47 deaths last year.

Highest number of cases were registered in San Carlos City (809), Calasiao (584), Bayambang (542), Malasiqui (524), Lingayen (386), Sta. Barbara (369), Bolinao (349), and Mangaldan (346).

The youngest case was a 5-month-old baby while the oldest was 102-year-old.

PHO has distributed hyposol to the affected residents and advises the public to boil their drinking water and avoid food contamination by keeping utensils clean including regular washing of hands. (Nora Dominguez)

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