JE cases noted in the province - Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines
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JE cases noted in the province

By on November 20, 2017

The Philippine Integrated Disease Surveillance had recently confirmed eight (8) cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in the province from the months of May to August this year. All cases were laboratory confirmed at the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine. This was reported by Dr. Florejean Albano of the Provincial Integrated Health Office (PIHO) on November 20.

One JE case had been traced in Kayapa; Kasibu; Ibung, Villaverde; Comon, Aritao; barangays Quezon and Bascaran of Solano; while Casat, Bayombong had 2 cases.

JE is a mosquito-borne viral encephalitis that occurs in temperate and tropical regions of Asia and is maintained in a cycle of virus transmission between vertebrate hosts and several culex mosquito species. Symptoms usually take 5-15 days to develop and include fever, headache, vomiting, confusion, and difficulty of movement. Symptoms that develop later include swelling around the brain and coma. JE is a serious disease that may cause death.

According to the Department of Health, there is no outbreak of JE in the country but the public must be educated on the modes of spread and control of the disease. There is no specific treatment. Avoid indiscriminate fogging activities and avoid mosquitoes during the hours of biting. The disease is not transmitted from human to human.

Albano also mentioned that according to Dr. Eric Tayag of DOH, “do not take JE vaccine shots during the rainy season, because it has low probability that the vaccine will take effect during this period.”

Other mosquito-related cases investigated in the province were Dengue Virus with 371 suspected cases, while Zika Eliza Virus turned to be negative with 1 suspected case. #bg