DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES — Barangay Panacan and Ilang in Davao are currently being monitored for the chikungunya virus, according to the Tropical Disease Prevention and Control Unit (TDPCU) of the Davao City Health Office.
The Chikungunya virus is carried by Aedes mosquitos, which also cause dengue fever. Though carried by the same family of mosquitos, the Chikungunya virus differs from dengue as it causes fever, joint pains, and measles-like rashes.
In a radio interview on June 6, Pest Control Worker II Melodina Babante said that they are currently monitoring Barangay Panacan and Ilang while doing confirmatory tests for signs and symptoms.
“Dili pa confirm pero sa Panacan ug Ilang naa na’y mga nakit-ang signs and symptoms, gina-confirm pa gyud kung chikungunya,” Babante said.
(It’s not yet confirmed, but we have seen signs and symptoms in Panacan and Ilang, but we are confirming if it is chikungunya.)
The Aedes mosquitos have a peak biting time, which is two hours after sunrise, around 6:00 am to 8:00 am. Parents are advised to not let their children out of the house during this time without protection.
“Don’t let them wear shorts but let them wear pajamas or long pants. They should wear long sleeves. Apply mosquito repellent. Don’t let them wear dark colors like black, which is attractive to mosquitoes,” she said.
Babante also advised the residents to follow the “4S” method:
- Search and destroy mosquito breeding sites.
- Secure self-protection such as applying mosquito repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants.
- Seek early consultation when signs and symptoms of dengue occur.
- Say yes to fogging or spraying as a last resort in case of an impending outbreak.
Residents may also refer to their barangay or district health centers for a free checkup and NS1 dengue detection kits.
As of the moment, there is currently no vaccine or medicine to prevent and treat a chikungunya infection. – WhatALife!