INDANG, Cavite -- The number of chikungunya cases continued to increase, spreading to another village here, according to authorities.
In the previous report covering January 1 to September 27, at least 470 chikungunya cases in the municipality were reported in Bgys. Agus-os, Guyam Malaki, Gu-yam Munti, Calumpang Cerca and Poblacion III. Latest update report from the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU), however, showed that cases in this town reached 512, or up by 42 from its previous week. According to Mayor Perfecto V. Fidel, the 42 new cases were reported in Bgy. Daine, this town.
Fidel, together with the Provincial Epidemiologist Nelson C. Soriano and his staff, Dr. Rose Alegre, municipal health officer and other concerned local agency officials, were the ones monitoring the situation and the treatment being undertaken in the affected barangays. He said they are in the field every day in a bid to contain the virus.
After Dr. George R. Repique Jr., provincial health director, announced chikungunya outbreak in the entire municipality two weeks ago, Fidel declared a state of calamity and allocated a P7-million fund for expenses.
With the bulk number in Indang and two each in General Trias City and Dasmariñas District, PESU reported a total 516 chikungunya cases in entire Cavite province.