Chikungunya strikes down 40 in Batangas


The number of residents infected with chikungunya in Batangas City has reached 40. This is according to the latest report of City Health Officer Dra. Rosanna Barrion based on results of the examination conducted by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

Among the barangays affected with chikungunya are Pinamucan Ibaba, Haligue Kanluran, Pinamu-can Silangan, Ambulong, Dela Paz Proper, Talahib Pandayan, San Isidro, Mabacong, San Miguel, Sirang Lupa, Tabangao Dao and Maruclap.

The Batangas City Health Office has conducted a larval survey and environmental scanning to prevent the disease from further spreading.

City Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (CESU) officer Aileen Cantos said they have also gathered residents in community assemblies to inform them of preventive measures.

“We have intensified our monitoring beginning June because of the onset of the rainy season when we usually observe an increasing number of mosquitoes breeding in stagnant waters,” Cantos said.

The city’s CESU office also conducts misting and spraying in barangays with the highest number of chikungunya cases.

They are advising residents to keep their surroundings clean and to use insect repellants and insecticide treated bed nets to prevent themselves from being bitten by mosquito carriers.


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