Fogging starts in Kidapawan village with high dengue cases

Health authorities on Monday have started fogging activities in a village here where dengue-causing mosquitoes were monitored to have thrived, which resulted to relatively high dengue cases.

Luningning Alqueza, midwife of Barangay Sibawan here, said the insecticide spraying aims to eradicate the breeding source and eliminate larvae of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

She said the fogging will likely last for a month. “We want permanent eradication of breeding sources of dengue-causing mosquitoes,” she said.

Target areas for the fogging include a household with an open septic tank; empty coconut husks; drums; tires; flower pots; and open stagnant canals.

Alqueza urged officials of Barangay Sibawan to order the owner of the septic tank to seal it as this was identified as the main area where dengue-causing mosquitoes have possibly thrived. Also, she also recommends that the barangay conducts massive clean-up drive.

Since January, Barangay Sibawan has recorded 15 dengue cases. The highest was last March with 10 cases. One of the patients, an 8-year old girl, died last month, while seven are still being treated in the hospital, Alqueza said.

Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle, and joint pains, and skin rash that is similar to measles.