Dengue cases dropping after outbreak in San Miguel, Bulacan
CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — After declaring a state of calamity due to an outbreak of dengue cases in July, the town of San Miguel in this province has started to experience a declining number of residents infected with the virus, officials said Thursday, August 25.
Dr. Hamir Hechanova, San Miguel municipal health officer, said the town’s active dengue cases peaked at 478 on July 6. But as of the third week of August, the town’s active dengue cases dropped to 92.
“For the past three weeks since the declaration, we have seen a drastic decline in our cases,” Hechanova told the Inquirer.
The town has already recorded 3,930 dengue cases since January this year.
He said a dengue taskforce was created while a focal person per barangay was appointed to help curb the spread of the viral infection that is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Among the preemptive measures being carried out in the town are vector control, vector surveillance, disease surveillance, and communication.
The municipal government also bought additional misting machines and insecticides approved by the World Health Organization. The Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD) was also intensified.
Based on the latest data from the Provincial Health Office (PHO), San Miguel and 22 other localities in Bulacan have dengue cases.
The province has recorded 11,908 dengue cases since January, said Dr. Edwin Tecson, Bulacan PHO director. INQ
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