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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Philippines : Ifugao health officer raises alarm on dengue

Via Manila Bulletin :

" LAGAWE, Ifugao : The provincial health office here was forced to raise an alarm over the rapid increase in the dengue fever cases following reports that 209 individuals in the province were already affected by the viral infection for the first semester of this year.

Based on records, cases of dengue fever increased by approximately 800 percent compared to the number of cases recorded during the same period last year.

Carmen Nabejet of the local health office said that the figure was recorded from January 1 to the present with two deaths. As of now there are 19 dengue cases admitted in the Ifugao General Hospital,” she bared.

The municipality of Kiangan has the most number of cases with 87, followed by Lagawe and Hungduan with 30 each. Banaue recorded 18 cases; Hingyon, 16; Lamut, 9; Asipulo, 3; and Tinoc, 2.”

Nabejet informed that all stakeholders, such as the municipal health authorities and barangay officials, have stepped up the campaign to urge residents to clean up their surrounding and monitor the implementation of the said program."

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