DOH reiterates strategies against Japanese encephalitis

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 7 (PIA) -- One of the emerging mosquito-borne diseases is Japanese encephalitis recording a number of cases in the Cordillera region based on the Department of Health figures.


DOH-CAR Medical Officer IV Dr. Alexei Marrero stressed the need to do strategies or some innovations in the prevention and control of the viral disease just like what is being done in countering other mosquito borne diseases prevalent in the region such as dengue, Zika virus, Chikungunya, and malaria.

A total of eight confirmed cases were recorded in the region this year - two in Benguet, one in Baguio and five who are not from the Cordillera Region but were admitted in hospitals here. A total of 75 cases were recorded from 2015 – 2017 in the region - 12 from Benguet, eight from Baguio, three each from Kalinga and Mountain Province, two each from Abra and Ifugao and 45 from outside the Cordillera region.

Marrero said Japanese encephalitis may range from mild to acute infection. It is characterized by flu-like illness with headache, fever, muscle pains, and often gastrointestinal symptoms including vomiting.

The illness may progress to an infection of the brain with neck stiffness, pain in the eyes when looking at light, disturbances in behavior, seizures, loss of consciousness, and muscle weakness or paralysis, he added.

Among the strategies recommended in the prevention and control of mosquitoes, a vector of such diseases,   include  elimination of breeding sites employing search and destroy activities, use of larvicides, net covers, proper garbage disposal, and implementation of government policies and passage of legislations,  and reducing mosquito population through spraying, fogging or misting with insecticides.

Another method is by preventing contact between human and mosquito like use of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets and repellants. Susan C. Aro (ALT/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet)


Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
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