Dengue fever also known as breakbone fever, is an infectious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. With its prevalence in the various municipalities in Cagayan, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) through the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU) continues to monitor the cases of dengue.
According to PHO, a total of 1,992 dengue cases and two (2) deaths were reported by all Disease Reporting Units in Cagayan from January to July 2013. Based on this report, there was a 95% increase in the number of cases this year compared to the same period last year with only 89%. The most affected group are children from 0-10 years of age. Most of the cases occurred in Tuguegarao City with 480 cases; followed by Aparri with 316; Alcala, 152; Baggao, 92; and Tuao with 89 cases.
Since this is also the 31st Morbidity week monitoring by the PHO, they have received only two (2) cases of deaths reported, as compared to seven (7) cases from last year. It was also noted by PHO, that the increase of incidence of dengue fever suspects is higher this year because of the improved awareness of our townspeople. According to Dr. Marcos Mallillin, Provincial Health Officer, Cagayanos are more aware now. “ When they see early signs and symptoms of dengue, they seek early consultation,” he said.
With this report, PHO highly recommends our local government units to further increase public awareness on prevention. “Emphasis should be given on environmental and household clean-up to prevent outbreak and further increase in cases,” Dr. Mallillin added. PHO also emphasizes the importance of seeking early consultation by the public for early diagnosis of diseases.