BUTUAN CITY, March 5 (PIA) -- A total of 396 suspected dengue cases were admitted to different disease reporting units in Caraga Region from January 1 to February 23. This is 74 percent higher compared to last year’s cases, recorded at 227.
According to Dr. Gerna Manatad, chief of Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD)-Caraga, ages of cases ranged from less than one month old to 82 years old.
She added majority of cases were males which comprises 55 percent of the total cases, while 43 percent of these cases belonged to 0 to 10 years age group.
In Region 13, Butuan City was recorded to have the highest number of cases with 164, followed by Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Norte-58; Surigao City-42; Agusan del Norte-21; Bayugan City-18; Bislig City-12; Cabadbaran City-11; province of Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Sur with six cases each.
Meanwhile, Dr. Manatad said a total of six dengue deaths were reported from the different disease reporting units region-wide. These came from barangays Doongan, Tungao, Taligaman, Pangabugan, and Pagtapatan in this city; and in Brgy. Poblacion Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.
The DOH official said dengue fever and the more severe form, dengue hemorrhagic fever, are caused by any of the four serotypes of dengue virus (1, 2, 3, and 4).
The mosquito vectors: Female Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus breed in small collections of clean water such as storage tanks, cisterns, flower vases, and backyard litter. Its incubation period is from three to 14 days, but commonly from four to seven days.
The life cycle of female aedes mosquito undergoes four life stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. An egg becomes an adult mosquito after eight to 12 days.
The adult female mosquito bites throughout the day with peaks: two hours after sunrise and two hours before sundown. It actively bites at 26°C, largely bites at 26-35°C, and 40°C is lethal.