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Dengue cases in Bulacan decrease by 56%
Tuesday, 01 July 2014
CITY OF MALOLOS - The accounted dengue cases in Bulacan have dropped off by 56 percent as compared to last year according to the Provincial Public Health Office.

In the latest report from the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit or PESU, 494 cases were reported since January 2014 up to present in the whole province in contrast to 1,114 cases during the same period last 2013.

“Bagaman tapos na ang Dengue Awareness Month patuloy pa rin tayo sa pagpapalaganap ng impormasyon ukol dito dahil ang mga lamok na nagdadala ng dengue, wala nang pinipiling panahon, ibig sabihin buong taon kailangan handa tayo dito,” Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said.

Record also shows that Sta. Maria has the highest suspected dengue reports with 64 cases followed by Cities of San Jose del Monte with 56 cases, Meycauayan with 44, and Malolos with 39 reported cases.

“Nakatutuwa na patuloy na bumababa ang mga naitatalang kaso ng dengue pero patuloy din ang ating panawagan na panatilihin ang kalinisan mula sa bawat tahanan para maiwasan yung mismong nagdadala ng sakit na ito, para maiwasang may pagbahayan pa ang mga lamok na ito,” Alvarado added.

The Provincial Government of Bulacan is continuously implementing preventive measures such as distribution of insecticides, conduct of school-based dengue activities like forum, cleaning, spraying, and massive information dissemination campaign particularly in the areas where higher number of cases were reported.

Aside from these, the province also encourages the public to support the 4-S against Dengue campaign which includes Search and Destroy activities wherein breading sites are eliminated and destroyed by covering water drums & pails, replacing water in flower vases once a week, cleaning gutters of leaves and debris and collecting and disposing all unusable tin cans, jars, bottles and other items that can collect and hold water are encouraged; Self-Protection Measures that says wear long pants and long sleeved shirt and the use of mosquito repellent every day specially during peak hours (between 4:00 -6:00 am and 4:00-6:00 pm); Seek Early Consultation immediately if fever persists after 2 days and rashes appears; and Say Yes to Fogging When There is an Impending Outbreak or a Hotspot.

The female Aedes aegypti mosquito is the primary vector of dengue. While infected humans are the main carriers and multipliers of the virus, serving as a source of the virus for uninfected mosquitoes. Patients who are already infected with the dengue virus can transmit the infection (for 4–5 days; maximum 12 days) via Aedes mosquitoes after their first symptoms appear. ###

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