Zamboanga Sibugay’s Ipil town had registered 3,225 percent spike of dengue cases with 532 patients from January to June 29 compared to 16 for the same period last year. Of this number, four deaths were recorded.
For the whole province, the increase was 1,625 percent with total record cases of 2,588 with 10 deaths were recorded compared to 150 last year. No deaths due to dengue were recorded last year.
Dr. Ulysses Silorio, head of the Integrated Provincial Health Office, during the Provincial Integrated Dengue Preparedness and Response Intersectoral Forum held Friday, July 5
He said Ipil has the highest record cases of all the 16 municipalities in the province.
The health official said one of the contributory factors to the high cases of dengue is the El Niño weather phenomenon.
Dengue fever, a viral disease, usually affects infant and young children. The carrier mosquito, Aedes aegypti, lays eggs on clear and stagnant water.
Dr. Said Sahi, the resource speaker of the forum, said the signs and symptoms of dengue fever include the following: sudden high fever, joints and muscle pains, skin rashes, nose bleeding, vomiting of coffee colored mattered, and dark colored stool.
Sahi said the best management of dengue is to rehydrate the patient. There is no medicine to treat dengue.
He urged the public to practice the “4S” strategy to combat dengue: search and destroy; self-protection measures; seek early consultation, and support fogging in times of increasing cases of dengue. (amm)