Thu. Oct 24th, 2019

486 Dengue cases since dengue outbreak declaration

The dengue outbreak that was declared in December last year continues to infect people as Ministry of Health (MOH) states that total 29 cases were recorded from August 5 to 11.

The MOH report reveals that there is a total of 486 cases of dengue from December 1, 2018 to August 12, 2019 and one of them resulted in death.

The demographics suggests there have been more than 60 cases of dengue in the age group 0-9, about 120 cases in the age group 10-19, above 80 cases in the age group 20-29, 60 cases in the age group 30-49, above 40 cases in the age group of 40-49, more than 40 cases in the age group of 50-59 and less than 40 cases in 60+.

The highest dengue infected nationality are Palauans with 413 cases out of 486 cases up till now which makes 85% of it, according to the demographics released by MOH.

There are reports of 28 Bangladeshis infected with dengue, 19 Filipinos, 10 Chinese and 16 cases include other nationalities.

The highest number of dengue cases were recorded in Koror with a total of 366 cases up till now. The month of July saw 143 dengue cases out of which 107 were recorded in Koror.

The total number of cases in Airai up till now is 38, 29 in Aimelik, 11 in Melekeok, 7 in Ngaremlengui and Ngatpang, 5 in Peleliu and Ngarchelong, 2 in Ngchesar, 3 in Ngaraard and 1 in Ngardmau.

MOH is urging the public to practice the recommended 3S of Dengue Prevention. The ministry recommends searching and eliminating mosquito-breeding sites in and around your home as mosquitoes prefer to breed within or near places where humans live. Common breeding sources include old tires, pet dish pans, flower pots, and empty bottles.

The MOH has also recommended wearing clothing that covers your skin and using insect repellent on exposed skin can reduce your risk of infection.

Those who are facing the early symptoms of Dengue like sudden high fever, severe headache & backache, chills, body ache, joint & muscle pain, pain when moving your eyes, loss of appetite, and vomiting are urged to consult the hospital as soon as possible. (By Eshan Kalyanikar)