BAGUIO CITY — The local government’s Baguio City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) under the City Health Services Office (HSO) disclosed that it has recorded rising cases of dengue fever and the hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) here.
The CESU said that there were 33 reported cases for dengue fever from 1 to 30 April which is a four-fold increase compared to the same period in 2021, but no death was reported for 2022 compared with one death last year.
Age range of patients is between 5 months to 58 years old and 69.7 percent of the cases were females as clustering of cases was reported in barangays Bakakeng Central, San Luis Village and Balsigan.
Meantime, HFMD cases also rose six-fold with six cases reported from 1 to 30 April 2022 as compared to 2021 and the age range of cases was between 2 to 3 years old with equal number of males and females.
There were two cases in Irisan, two in Lourdes Subdivision Proper, and one each in Camp 7 and Bakakeng Central.
Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong and HSO head Rowena Galpo advised residents to be on guard against the dengue disease by practicing the 4S strategy — Search and Destroy Mosquito Breeding Places; Self-Protection Measures (use window screens, mosquito nets, wear protective clothing, use insect repellents); Seek Early Consultation; and Say No to Indiscriminate Fogging.
HFMD, on the other hand, is a viral disease most common in young children and infections are usually by close personal contact, coughing or sneezing or by contact with contaminated objects or surfaces.
It presents as fever, oral lesions and rash on the hands, feet and buttocks and preventable by observing handwashing, disinfection, good hygiene and isolation of contagious persons.