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Lubuagan confirms Dengue local transmission

Updated: Nov 13, 2021

Lubuagan, Kalinga-The Municipal Health Office (MHO) of Lubuagan has confirmed the presence of dengue local transmission following its “Operation Taob”, a campaign to eliminate the nesting place of dengue-causing-mosquitos in all its barangays.

From July 2021 to November 8, 2021, the municipality recorded 37 dengue cases from barangays Antonio Canao (3), Dangoy (6), Mabilong (8), Poblacion (18), Lower Uma (1), and Western Uma (1).

MHO Public Health Nurse Novie Eder revealed that upon inspection, there are patients from these barangays who have not travelled to dengue-endemic areas outside the municipality.

“Previously ngamin, diay first nga dengue cases tayu ngay ket adda ngamin ti travel history na outside Lubuagan… ket tatta lang nga recently ket adda idiay data mi ket adda ti local transmission. Adda iti awan met ti travel history na ti endemic areas pero nagka-dengue da. So, nu kitam diay pattern na ket agkakaaruba da,” Eder informed.

After identifying these breeding sites, according to Eder, water samples found in stagnant water sources like uncovered buckets, cans, drums, stacks of tires, dumped garbage and other still water areas are tested to survey and determine if the dengue-causing-mosquitos are present.

“Dagidiay naala a sample in-test tayo, kinita ni medtech, tapos na-find-out-an da nga adda iti larvae ti Aedes aegypti, diay vector a carrier ti Dengue Virus - idiay areas met lang nga ayan ti local transmission,” Eder informed.

She added that to prevent the spread of the disease, mosquito control activities were conducted in these barangays, especially where the affected person lives accompanied by a door-to-door Information Education Campaign and clean-up drive. She said that one of the strategic actions of the MHO is the handing out of mosquito repellent tablets to treat their mosquito nets to drive away the insects.

Mayor Charisma Anne Dickpus meantime appealed to the community to help “search and destroy” all possible mosquito breeding sites, as she advised those with symptoms to visit their health workers.

Symptoms include joint muscle pain and pain behind the eyes, weakness, skin rashes, nose bleeding when fever starts to subside, abdominal pain, vomiting of coffee-colored matter, and dark-colored stool.

Meanwhile, Public Health Associate Nurse Ceasar Manalwap disclosed that the individuals infected with dengue are isolated and are experiencing “mild dengue fever only with high fever and flu-like symptoms. (There are) no severe form of dengue fever or dengue hemorrhagic fever which causes serious bleeding.”

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