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241 chikungunya cases in Ilocos Sur

Two hundred forty one chikungunya cases were recorded in Ilocos Sur from January to September this year, the Provincial Health Office in the capital Vigan City said.

Despite this, the PHO said that there is no outbreak of chikungunya in Ilocos Sur.

July and August had the highest number of chikungunya cases in the province with 108 and 70, respectively.

Galimuyod had the highest number of confirmed cases with 132 cases. It had 85 in July and 31 in February.

Second was Candon City with 69 cases, 28 in August, 21 in July, and 20 in June.

Santiago had 16 cases in August; Lidlidda, 11 in August; Santa Lucia, four cases; Santo Domingo, one; Sigay, one; and Sinait, one.

Provincial Health Officer Carmeliza Singson said no chikungunya case recorded from March to May.

To prevent the mosquito borne-disease, Singson said that they are conducting intensified information, education, and communication campaign in all local government units in the province.

She urged the public to continue practicing 4S against chikugunya- and dengue-causing mosquitoes.

4S stands for search and destroy of breeding places, self-protection with insect repellents and mosquito nets, seek early consultation, and say no to indiscriminate fogging. (Freddie G. Lazaro)