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Saturday, September 4, 2010

10 malaria cases found in Tanay

An article from Manila Bulletin :

" TANAY, Rizal : Ten cases of malaria in an upland village of this town last month has prompted the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to issue on Saturday a warning on the mosquito-borne disease, which is just as life-threatening as dengue fever.

Malaria is an infectious disease naturally transmitted by the bite of a female anopheles mosquito.

Dr. Iluminado Victoria, chief of the Rizal PHO, confirmed that 10 cases of malaria were recorded by the Municipal Health Office (MHO) of Tanay from July to August this year.

The patients’ ages ranged from 8 to 37 years old, Victoria said, adding that they all were from Barangay San Andres.

The malaria cases has prompted Dr. Rene Luce, chief of the MHO of Tanay, to consider declaring an outbreak in the area.

But Victoria said the declaration of an outbreak has yet to be agreed upon by provincial and municipal health officials.

It was also learned from the PHO that Governor Casimiro “Jun” Ynares, III has been closely coordinating with provincial health officials to ensure that necessary assistance will be provided to the communities hit by malaria."

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