Dengue kills 1, downs 36 in Sorsogon

By Bobby Labalan
Southern Luzon Bureau
Last updated 05:53pm (Mla time) 07/05/2007

MATNOG, Sorsogon, Philippines — Health officials have declared a dengue outbreak in Matnog town after at least 36 dengue cases were recorded in four villages with one recorded death due to the mosquito-borne illness.

 

Provincial health officer Edgar Garcia on Thursday identified the villages as Tabunan with 26 cases, Caloocan, 4, Gadgaron, 1, and Camcaman, 5.

 

Leonida Logares, 65, of Genablan, Matnog succumbed to dengue fever, Garcia told the Philippine Daily Inquirer, parent company of INQUIRER.net.

 

He said doctors and health workers from Matnog are monitoring the disease.

 

Municipal health officer Rosanna Galeria said the number of suspected dengue patients rose to as many as 92 but many of these turned out to be caused by other illnesses.

 

A validating team from the Department of Health in the region examines the reported cases, she said.

 

Galeria, a physician, said the spread of dengue has been contained and preventive measures are being taken.

 

Matnog Mayor Guillermo So said his office has been coordinating with various sectors like churches and schools for information dissemination.

 

The municipal government has also purchased emergency medicines to avert further spread of dengue.

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