21 schools in Bicol warned against dengue

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – Twenty-one schools in the Bicol region have been given the early warning for possible dengue transmission in due to high population density of mosquitoes.

This was under the Dengue Vector Surveillance Advisory for the third week of August 2018 by the Bicol Integrated Dengue Vector Management Program.

These schools include:

Camarines Norte: Larap National High School and S. Basilio Elementary School

Masbate: Monreal Central School, Mobo National High School, Cataingan National High School, Jose Zurbito Sr. Elementary School

Catanduanes: Gigmoto Central School

Sorsogon: Abucay National High School, Irosin Central School, Jose Alindogan Central School

Camarines Sur: Pasacao Central School, Pili National High School

Albay: Oas Polytechnic School, Cabraran Elementary School, Tabaco South Central Elementary School, Albay Central School, UST Legazpi, Malilipot Central School

Sorsogon: Gubat National High School, Sorsogon Pilot Elementary School, Pangpang Elementay School.

The Program clarified that the identified schools do not necessarily have dengue cases.

In response to this development, the Bicol Integrated Dengue Vector Management Program has advised immediate action to prevent and control dengue.

Schools, households and barangays near the schools are advised to search and destroy dengue mosquito breeding sites; secure self-protection; seek early consultation if fever lasts for two days already; and support spraying to prevent impending outbreak.

Local health authorities for their part are advised to continue monthly entomological survey; search for more areas of HI of more than 5% and BI of more than 20%; sustain and intensify disease surveillance; mobilize the community to conduct clean up drive and search and destroy breeding sites; and intensity information dissemination on dengue prevention and control.