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Dengue cases alarming, co-infection w/ COVID possible, experts say

BAGUIO CITY (PIA) - -  Alongside  the continuing implementation of COVID-19 safety and health protocols, the Department of Health - Cordillera and its health partners reminds the public anew to be wary of Dengue  as cases recorded in the region reached alarming level.

The DOH – CAR, in a Kapihan media forum on Thursday (June 16), reported that   a total of 2,312 dengue cases were recorded in the region from January 1 to June 4 this year, a 366 percent increase compared to the 496 cases logged during the same period last year. There were also four death recorded (2 from Apayao, 1 from Benguet and 1 from Kalinga).

DOH - CAR Entomologists outline the need to intensify the campaign against Dengue, especially on clean - up drive for possible Dengue mosquito breeding sites, as recorded cases in Cordillera is already at alarming level. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Per geographical area, Apayao has  the most cases with 712, followed by Benguet with 655, Kalinga,415; Baguio City, 264; Ifugao, 164; Mountain Province, 78,  and Abra with 14.Except for Abra that decreased from 15 to 14, all other provinces including Baguio City showed significant increase compared to last year’s data.

 DOH – CAR also noted that there are 111 barangays (almost 10% of the 1,176 barangays in the region) with clustering of cases.

Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Bernard Demot stressed the need to focus on Dengue prevention as it posts danger to health and even life, if detected in more serious stage.

 Demot said Dengue and COVID – 19 manifest same symptoms such as fever, body malaise (weak and discomfort), headache and sometimes even cough, and there is a possibility of co-infection of Dengue and COVID – 19.

Those manifesting symptoms need medical check-up or diagnostics to determine what kind of virus infected them, he said.

Demot also shared  that at the  BGHMC, there is also a noted increase in Dengue cases. From 27 admitted cases from May 3 to 31, there were 57 more new cases admitted from June 1 to 14, while from January 1 to June 14 total Dengue admission in the hospital reached  93,  and 330 other cases were  recorded in the outpatient department,  

BGHMC Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Bernard Demot reminds the public to also be wary of other rainy days illnesses such as Dengue, which recorded cases already reached alarming level.

Meanwhile, DOH – CAR Entomologist Alexander Baday reiterated the need to intensify the 4S against Dengue, especially, the vector surveillance or the (search and destroy of possible dengue mosquito sites) as it is only the second quarter of the year but recorded Dengue cases is already alarming and Dengue also tends to peak every third quarter of every year.

The Health Department has issued orders for the re - activation of Dengue Task Force intensifying of health education campaign and the establishments of Dengue fast lane in hospitals and health facilities, Baday added.  (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

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Carlito Dar



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