PHO: 99 chikungunya cases in NegOcc
By: Dolly Yasa ( From The Daily Guardian and Re-printed by Capiz news)
BACOLOD City – The Provincial Health Office (PHO) recorded 99 cases of chikungunya in April to June, this year.
According to PHO, the chikungunya outbreak started in Kabankalan City last April with 87 cases and the rest of the
cases were recorded in Cadiz City.
The records also showed that of the total cases, 56 were found positive of the virus.
Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, provincial health officer, said their focus is now on dengue because of its high mortality rate.
“The major symptom (of chikungunya) is severe joint pain but like dengue, its vector or carrier is Aedes Aegypti mosquito,” Tumimbang said.
Usually the symptoms regress and disappear but for adult patients, the symptoms are usually recurring, he explained.
In severe cases, an adult patient cannot even return to work due to severe joint pains, he said. Capiz news personally can attest to that.
According to the Department of Health-Center for Health Development – Region 6 (DOH-CHD-6), symptoms of chikungunya are fever, severe headache, chills, nausea, vomiting and joint pain. In some cases, symptoms include incapacitating joint pain or arthritis which may last for weeks or months, rashes and hemorrhage but rare.
The DOH advised the public to wear long-sleeve clothes and dresses which cover the limbs, use insect repellants or mosquito nets to prevent mosquito bites.
The public is also advised to keep the surroundings clean as well as remove stagnant water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. The Daily Guardian.Re-printed by Capiz news