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Metro records highest dengue incidence -- DoH

September 08, 2006 18:43:00
Margaux Ortiz

THE Department of Health reported Friday that the National Capital Region still held the highest number of dengue-related cases in the country in the last eight months, followed by Central Luzon and Central Visayas.

Dr. Eric Tayag, officer in charge of the DoH National Epidemiology Center, said that the NCR reported a total number of 4,222 cases from January 1 to August 29, 2006, as compared to Central Luzon's 1,898 and Central Visayas' 1,752.

A total of 13,468 cases and 167 dengue-related deaths during the same period have been reported nationwide, Tayag said, adding that dengue-related deaths in Metro Manila have increased to 50, including two cases reported in the village of Maybangkal, Morong, rizal, where there has been an outbreak of the disease. The DoH considers Morong part of Metro Manila.

According to a DOH report, the clustering of dengue cases in small, specific places has been reported in 13 areas in Quezon City: Tatalon, Tandang Sora, San Bartolome, Payatas, Masambong, Loyola Heights, Holy Spirit, Gulod-Novaliches, Cubao, Commonwealth, Manresa, Batasan Hills and Bagbag.

Valenzuela was next in the list, with seven areas affected, including Ugong, Marulas, Malinta, Karuhatan, Lawang Bato, Gen. T. de Leon, and Bigna.

Clustering was also observed in Bagong Silang, Libis, Talisay, Lapu-Lapu-Maypajo, Julian Felipe-Sangandaan in Caloocan City; Acacia, Catmon, Longos, Potrero and Tonsuya in Malabon City; Oroquieta-Sta. Cruz, Quiricada-Sta. Cruz, New Antipolo, Hermosa-Tondo and F. Varona-Tondo in Manila; Bayanan and Putatan in Muntinlupa; Dagat-Dagatan, Tangos, and Tanza in Navotas; Moonwalk and Sucat in Paranaque; Maybunga in Pasig; and Maharlika in Taguig.

Similar conglomerations of dengue cases were reported in Calasiao and Dagupan City in Pangasinan; Baliwag, Marilao, Meycauayan, Sta. Maria and San Jose del Monte in Bulacan; Taytay in Rizal; Dumaguete City, Mabinay, Manjuyod, Tanjay and Bais in Negros Oriental; and Itogon in Benguet.

The DoH warned that children aged one month to four years were the most vulnerable to the disease, while 53 percent of the cases were reported to be male.

"Right now, we are urging people to say no to fogging efforts conducted by their respective local government units," Tayag said in a phone interview.

Tayag said fogging activities should only be conducted in areas where there has been an epidemic of the disease, like in the village of Maybangkal, where 30 dengue cases have been reported since January 1 of this year.

"But fogging in these areas should be done every two weeks to cut the epidemic cycle," Tayag stressed.

He explained that fogging, aside from giving a false sense of security, would affect the health of the community residents.

"The residents should instead focus on searching for and destroying the breeding areas of mosquitoes or using insecticide to kill the pests," Tayag said.

He also said that fogging, which used gaseous substances, was different from fumigation which involved sprays with droplets.

Fumigation is also used to kill vermin like mice and cockroaches, Tayag said.

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