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Chikungunya case on the rise in Cavite

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite – The number of chikungunya cases rose further with almost 300 cases recorded in two days in 11 barangays of this municipality, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported yesterday.

Citing the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit’s (PESU) Oct. 6 report, Health Education Promotion Officer II Annabelle R. Dilig said there were a total of 786 cases in the affected barangays, mostly in the western side of the town.

The number of the mosquito-borne virus incidents increased by 274 from the PESU Oct. 4 report with 512 cases recorded.

The figures were contained in PESU’s latest update reports which recorded the cases from Jan. 1 to Oct. 6.

Dr. George R. Repique, PHO director, declared chikungunya outbreak in this upland municipality two Fridays ago due to the prevalence of the cases, prompting mayor Perfecto Fidel to declare a state of calamity in the town.

In an interview, Dilig said that the most affected barangays lately are Guyam Malaki, Agus-os, Daine II and Calumpang Cerca and Guyam Munti.

Local officials and health authorities went all-out in containing the virus in the municipality with fumigation and massive clean-up drive, treatment and information dissemination upon outbreak declaration. (ANTHONY GIRON)

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