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Chikungunya hits Ilocos town

/ 07:45 PM July 27, 2013

SAN NICOLAS, Ilocos Norte—Local officials on Thursday declared a state of calamity in this town after the number of suspected chikungunya cases surged to more than 200, affecting at least four neighboring villages.

Vice Mayor Alfredo Valdez, a doctor, said the mosquito-borne disease might not be as deadly as dengue fever but many local farmers, who have contracted the disease, could not go to the fields and work.

In a special session on Thursday, the town council declared a state of calamity in San Nicolas so it could use its calamity funds for preventive measures against the spread of chikungunya.

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Valdez said the town needed to buy additional medicines and conduct fumigation in 24 villages. Leilanie Adriano, Inquirer N. Luzon

 

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