Baguio City, Philippines – More than 600 influenza-like illnesses(ILI) were observed in Kalinga from Jan. 01 to Sept. 02, 2023, according to the Department of Health - Cordillera.
Influenza-like illness is a sickness associated with fever, cough, and sore throat. Most of these are caused by viruses.
Based on the data presented by DOH-Cordillera Senior Health Program Officer Jethro Simeon during the Sept. 20 Kapihan sa Baguio Media Forum, a total of 4,023 ILI cases were recorded in the region during said period.
This is higher by 38% compared to 2,923 in 2022.
Of the 4,023, Kalinga documented the third highest cases with 611. The province with the most ILI is Benguet with 1,471, followed by the City of Baguio with 1,182.
The Province of Apayao, meantime, monitored 200 individuals catching influence-like illnesses.
All Cordillera provinces showed an increasing trend except for Abra and Mountain Province, as mentioned by the health department.
To address the problem, DOH- DOH-Cordillera encourages the public to adhere to minimum public health standards and maintain hygiene and sanitation practices, as well as intensifying vector control.
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