By Zorayda Tecson
GAPAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – The Nueva Ecija Provincial Health Office (PHO) has reported that the number of dengue cases in the province for the first nine months of the year went down by 72.9% compared to the same period last year.
Based on the report of the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit, the number of cases recorded from January to September is 1,841 compared to 6,793 cases last year.
The top 10 areas in the province with the most number of dengue cases include Cabanatuan City with 337 followed by Guimba with 151, Quezon, 89; Jaen, 87; San Antonio, 86; Gapan City, 85; Sta. Rosa, 83; Talavera, 81; General Tinio and Sto. Domingo with 79 cases each.
PHO office-in-charge, Dr. Josefina Garcia, said the decline in the number of dengue cases could be attributed to vector management, increased awareness, and community participation.
In a study, the mosquito carrying dengue bites at dawn, when it is still dark and at dusk when it is already dark. That is the peak bite time of the mosquito carrying the dengue virus,” Garcia said.
Despite the significant drop, she reminded the public to remain vigilant and to continue observing the 4S strategy in fighting dengue.
The 4S strategy includes self-protection, search and destroy mosquito breeding places, seek early consultation; and support fogging or spraying only in hotspot areas where an increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak.
Garcia said another strategy is the 4 o’clock habit that encourages the community to search and destroy breeding places of mosquitoes.
Dengue fever is marked by the onset of sudden high fever, severe headache, and pain behind the eyes, muscles, and joints. Some may develop rashes and varying degrees of being in different parts of the body. (PNA)