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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Philippines : DOH tracing source of dengue 'outbreak' in Batanes

Via GMA News :

" Even as it continues to monitor the situation, the Department of Health (DOH) is now trying to trace the cause of the dengue outbreak that hit Batanes province.

National Epidemiology Center head Dr. Eric Tayag on Wednesday said their initial reports indicate at least 900 cases had been recorded there.

“Ang huling report 900 na ang dinapuan sa Batanes. Tinututukan ito ng ating kalihim na si DOH Secretary Enrique Ona," he said in an interview on dwIZ radio.

He said the DOH has sent a team to Batanes to track how mosquitoes had bred in the province, which he said used to average only two dengue cases a year.

Tayag said they are not discounting the possibility that tourists who had dengue may have spread the disease.

“So many tourists visit the site because of its beauty. It is possible some of them may have had a part in spreading dengue. We will send a team to the province to trace where the dengue-carrying mosquitoes bred)," he said.

Last weekend, Sabtang town in Batanes was placed under a state of calamity due to the number of dengue cases in the area in the last two weeks."

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