A province-wide deformity survey is being conducted by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) in coordination with the local government units to identify and document possible additional filariasis cases in other towns.
Roxas City, Capiz (13 October) – “One more case has been recorded outside Tapaz,” said PHO Medical Specialist IV Evelyn T. Bolido of the on-going survey.
The survey is the PHO’s plan of actions following a documented filariasis cases in Tapaz town during a survey by a team of health workers last September.
“But the selective treatment will be conducted to the identified filariasis victims as soon as the medicines from the Department of Health are available,” Dr. Bolido stressed.
During the Tapaz, Capiz survey, 41 were found positive for having filariasis of the 656 persons who came out for examination from the 16 barangays in the municipality.
Filariasis is a disease caused by worms transmitted to humans through bites of infected females mosquitoes. It may manifest as recurrent fever, enlarged lymph nodes, and urine with color similar to rice washing.
“If not treated, the disease can lead to enlargement of the thigh, leg, breast or scrotum,” said a PHO press release. (PIA – A. Lumaque)
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