Dengue cases up 58% in Iloilo; 104 suspected Chikungunya cases recorded

Cases of dengue in the province of Iloilo went up by 58 percent in the first seven months of 2018 compared to the same period a year ago.

From January 1 to July 28, 2018, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) recorded 735 dengue cases with three deaths, higher than 2017’s 465 cases with five deaths.

The town of Janiuay posted the most number of dengue cases with 101 (two deaths).

It was followed by Ajuy with 67 cases (one death); Dumangas, 48; Calinog, 46; Pavia, 36; and Passi City, 35.

Only the town of Tubungan recorded no case of dengue.

PHO’s Dr. Ma. Socorro Colmenares Quiñon said the increase in the number of dengue cases was due to the continuous rain in the province.

Dengue, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), “is a mosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness and, sometimes causing a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.”

Its symptoms include fever, severe pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, and skin rashes.

Chikungunya cases in Iloilo 

The PHO recorded 104 suspected cases of chikungunya.

Of the total number, Ninety-six were registered in three villages of Alimodian town. Broken down, 52 in Atabay, 23 in Laylayan, and 21 in Punong.

Other suspected cases were in Leganes town with six, and one each in Calinog town, and Guimbal town.

Chikungunya virus is also carried by mosquitoes. It produces symptoms similar to dengue, including high fever, joint pain, and skin rash.

As of now, there is no vaccine or treatment for chikungunya.

Quiñon advised the public to see doctors immediately when they experience any of the symptoms.IMT