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8 Japanese encephalitis cases recorded in NVizcaya

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: The Provincial Integrated Health Office (PIHO) here on Monday reported eight cases of the dreaded Japanese Encephalitis (JE) disease in four municipalities in the province.

Medical doctor Florejean Albano of the PIHO said one JE case was traced from Barangay (village) Ibung in Villaverde town; one case in Comon village in Aritao town; two cases in Quezon and Bascaran villages in Solano town; two cases in Casat village in the capital town of Bayombong; and one each in the towns of Kayapa and Kasibu.

Albano said the mosquito-borne disease cases were confirmed by the Philippine Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (PIDSR) of the Department of Health (DOH). The cases occurred during May to August this year.

She said all cases were laboratory confirmed at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), a health research facility based in Muntinlupa (Metro Manila) also under the DOH.

A serious disease that may cause death, JE spread through mosquito bites with symptoms that develop from five to 15 days, which include fever, headache, vomiting, confusion and difficulty in moving. Other symptoms are swelling around brain and coma.

The DOH said there is no outbreak of JE in the country but warned the public that there is no specific treatment yet for the disease. It also urged the public to be educated on the modes of spread and control of the disease.

In posted bulletins at health institutions and centers, the public has been enjoined to avoid indiscriminate fogging activities and to avoid mosquitoes during hours of biting.

Albano also cited the warning of medical doctor Eric Tayag of the DOH not to take JE vaccine shots during the rainy season because of the low probability of the vaccine to take effect.

Meanwhile, the PIHO said the province also has other mosquito-related cases including 371 suspected cases caused by the dengue virus. However, one suspected Zika Eliza Virus case turned out to be negative.

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