Dengue in Calabarzon

Health officials in the Calabarzon region report intensifying its anti-dengue campaign as numbers rise in the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Quezon provinces.


The Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) reports some 5,616 cases of dengue fever with 18 deaths in the region through March 16, 2019.

Cavite has reported the most cases with 1,788, followed by Batangas with 1,248; Laguna with 1,135; Quezon with 823; and Rizal with 622 cases.

DOH Calabarzon regional director Eduardo Janairo said, “We have deployed regional vector control spray men to barangays with high incidence of dengue cases and also trained sanitary inspectors and spray men of Laguna and the top 10 municipalities or cities with dengue cases on the preparation and application of insecticides for Dengue control such as misting or fogging and residual spraying, for outbreak response.

“We are already making rounds in the provinces to ensure that Dengue Fast Lanes are established and functional in all hospitals, and also to ensure that Dengue NS1-RDT are available to all health centers and public hospitals to be used for the early detection of dengue disease,” Janairo said.

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Chickenpox in Iloilo

A number of varicella, or chickenpox lesions on the face of a young child/CDC
A number of varicella, or chickenpox lesions on the face of a young child/CDC

Three dozen students (21 male and 15 female) at Cadabdab Elementary School in Tubungan town, Iloilo have been infected with chickenpox this year, according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

Health department head, Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado said the affected pupils might still be attending school even though they were infected which resulted to its transmission.

“If a child is showing chickenpox symptoms, especially when he or she was previously exposed to an affected person, then the pupil will be advised to stay at home,” she said.

Trabado said the source of the infection came from the first patient working in Iloilo City but lives in Tubungan town.