DON’T be overly alarmed by 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease (nCoV), instead be more worried by gastroenteritis (AGE) according to Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa de Guzman, the provincial health officer of Pangasinan.
De Guzman told the Talakayan sa Kapitolyo on Tuesday, said that from January 1 to February 3 this year, three persons already died and another 564 persons had already been afflicted by AGE in 48 towns and cities (Dagupan included) of Pangasinan.
She said the number is expected to rise more during the remaining parts of the year, particularly during the rainy season, although AGE or diarrhea cases this year are lower by 37 percent over those of last year’s which included five deaths and 884 persons afflicted.
Gastroenteritis are food and water-borne diseases and the 564 AGE cases recorded from January 1 to February 3 are actually worrisome, said De Guzman.
Top municipalities in AGE watchlist. include Mangaldan, 50; Dasol, 41; San Carlos City, 33; Bayambang, 30; Malasiqui, 27; Calasiao, 26; 23; and Manaoag and Sta. Barbara, 16 each.
Dagupan, which is administratively not under Pangasinan, has the highest with 91 AGE cases with one death so far as compared to 99 cases and five deaths last year.
Of those afflicted with AGE this year, 175 are males and 115 are females. (Leonardo Micua)
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