Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease cases in Pangasinan on the rise

By November 20, 2022Top Stories

LOCAL health authorities have begun closely monitoring the rising cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in the region, particularly in Pangasinan, after the Department of Health–Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Region I recorded 320 cases.

Pangasinan remains at the top with 189 cases, followed by La Union with 87 cases, 36 in Ilocos Norte, and eight in Ilocos Sur.

As of this writing, the Pangasinan towns in DOH-CHD 1 watchlist include Balungao, Anda, Bani, Burgos, Rosales, and Santa Maria. Asingan is also being monitored as it recorded two cases.

Meanwhile, Dagupan City earlier reported 17 HFMD suspected cases, one was eventually confirmed. The City Health Office is still on standby waiting for the results of the 6 remaining cases while closely coordinating with schools in the city to prevent contagion.

Meanwhile, Pangasinan Provincial Health Officer Dr. Anna de Guzman urged the public, especially children, to practice hygiene. “Makakatulong ito para hindi na lalo kumalat ang HFMD”, she said.

De Guzman urged the public to wear masks and frequent handwashing. (Ahikam Pasion)

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