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Cavite allays fears on dengue outbreak, red tide


By Anthony Giron


Trece Martires City, Cavite – There is no dengue fever outbreak and red tide warning in the waters off Cavite, the provincial government clarified yesterday.

Provincial Health Office-Education Promotion Officer II and Dengue Coordinator Annabelle R. Dilig confirmed that no outbreak has been reported in the province from January 1 to February 20 this year.

Engineer Rolinio P. Pozas, head of Provincial Government Environment and Natural  Resources Office (PG-ENRO) also assured that there is no red tide warning in the coastal areas of the province, namely Bacoor District, Cavite City and the municipalities of Kawit, Noveleta, Rosario, Tanza, Naic, Ternate and Maragondon.

Dengue fever cases

The Region 4-A or Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) Health Office earlier reported that Cavite had the most number of dengue fever cases among the provinces in the region in January this year.

Cavite reportedly comprises 33 percent of the total dengue case number on January in the region. The regional health office reported nine dengue deaths and 845 cases in Calabarzon during the month.

The case breakdown is as follows: Cavite, 280; Laguna, 230; Batangas, 182; Rizal, 95 and Quezon, 58.

The Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU) confirmed that cases of dengue fever in Cavite’s cities and municipalities are on the upward trend.

“Although increasing, it is not alarming,” PESU personnel said.

The provincial government declared a province-wide dengue fever outbreak and placed the province under a state of calamity in September 2015.

Water quality tests

Pozas said that the regular water surveillance and examination being conducted by the provincial and local ENRO and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the shellfish-growing areas can attest to the “no red tide” claim.

Red tide toxins usually cause paralytic shellfish poisoning and other similar ailments.

“We are constantly monitoring the water quality in the province, there is no red tide in the area,” he said.

Bacoor, Naic, Kawit and Ternate are Cavite’s top producers of mussels (tahong) and oyster (talaba).

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