The Department of Health-Cordillera cautioned the public anew on Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) and other notifiable diseases that are on the rise.
Based on DOH-Cordillera monitoring, 4,023 cases of flu-like illnesses associated with fever, cough and sore throat, were recorded from Jan. 1 to Sept. 2, a 38 percent increase compared with the 2,923 cases recorded during the same period in 2022.
Benguet recorded the highest number of cases with 1,471 followed by Baguio City at 1,182; Kalinga with 611 and Apayao with 200. All Cordillera provinces except Abra and Mountain Province showed an increasing trend.
Benguet recorded the highest cases with 1,471 followed by Baguio City with 1,182; Kalinga with 611; and Apayao with 200.
All Cordillera provinces except Abra and Mountain Province showed an increasing trend in cases.
The DOH-Cordillera also recorded rising cases of leptospirosis, a bacterial infection from animals, mostly rats, to human usually from infected waters such as floodwater.
From Jan. 1 to Sept. 2, DOH-Cordillera recorded 131 cases and 10 deaths. The recorded cases also show a 77 percent increase compared to the 74 cases recorded last year.
The DOH also reiterated its advisory against vector-borne diseases such as Chikungunya and Dengue.
Chikungunya cases in the Cordillera jumped to 131 cases as of Sept. 2 this year with 10 deaths, from six cases in 2022.
For dengue, a total of 4,207 cases recorded during the monitoring period. Though it showed decreasing trend, the number is still in the “above alert threshold”.
DOH-Cordillera Senior Health Program Officer Jethro Simeon reported these updates in a recent Kapihan media forum, here.
He reiterated the importance of continuing adherence to the minimum public health standard and a whole-of-government and whole of community approach in ensuring environmental, hygiene, and sanitation practices and in intensifying vector control. – Carlito Dar