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Chikungunya outbreak declared in Cavite town

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite – Chikungunya outbreak was declared in upland Indang municipality after a high number of the said viral disease has been recently recorded.

Cavite Provincial health officer Dr. George R. Repique made the declaration yesterday upon the recommendation of provincial epidemiologist Dr. Nelson C. Soriano.

Based on the latest Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU) report, there were 423 chikungunya-related cases in Cavite province, 419 were reported in Indang alone while General Trias City and Dasmarinas district had two each.

The PESU report added that those stricken by chikungunya in the town ranged from eight months old to 87 years old.

Chikungunya’s mortality rate is low as compared to dengue considering the reported ratio of one death in every 1,000 cases, It causes arthritis-like pains to individuals that can last three to six months when afflicted by the infected mosquitoes.

Health officials called on residents to clean their surroundings and observe sanitation to prevent being stricken by the dengue and chinkungunya virus and practice the 4S that 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.

Meantime, PESU assured that there were no reports of Zika virus case in the province. Recently, a nun was suspected of being afflicted with the disease but further tests reveal a negative result. (Anthony Giron)