CAGAYAN, Philippines – A dengue outbreak was declared in Tuguegarao City on Friday, July 10, after the city health office recorded 3 casualties.
The 3 casualties – from 3 different villages – were aged 4, 8, and 16, City Health Officer Dr James Guzman told Rappler.
Based on the historical data, the previous years’ cases are much higher. The city health office only recorded 188 cases since January.
But Guzman said the 3 casualties alarmed them enough to declare an outbreak.
“It is not normal to have one death in every 60 cases in the history of dengue in Tuguegarao,” Guzman said.
Mayor Jefferson Soriano ordered the city health office to conduct assessment and information drive about the disease.
Guzman said they already mobilized barangay health officers and schools to ensure sanitation. He said that two of those who died likely got the disease in their homes because they were not attending school.
A few weeks ago, another area in Cagayan Valley – the municipality of Luna in Isabela province – declared a state of calamity after its health office recorded 54 cases of dengue in just the month of June.
In the first quarter of 2015, the health department reported 20,000 cases of dengue nationwide.
On Friday, Isabela Governor Faustino Dy II declared a non-working holiday so residents could participate in an anti-dengue cleanup drive and bloodletting activities.
As of July 2, the provincial health office recorded about 748 cases of dengue in the province since January, with 2 deaths in Santiago City.
“The rise in dengue fever cases necessitates public support to sustain the supply of blood reserves in government hospitals to meet the needs of critical dengue patients who undergo immediate blood transfusion,” Dy said.
Free blood testing services were offered at 4 government hospitals across the province: the Governor Faustino N. Dy Sr Memorial Hospital in Ilagan City, the Southern Isabela General Hospital in Santiago City, Manuel A. Roxas District Hospital in Roxas town, and Echague District Hospital in Echague town. – Rappler.com