Mandaue traces sources of dengue cases, holds ‘wriggler specimen gathering’

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THE Mandaue City Health Office (CHO), with the local barangay health officials and sanitary inspectors, conducted Monday, May 23, a “wriggler specimen gathering” in two of the city's barangays where some of the reported dengue cases were rooted.

Wriggler specimen gathering is the collection of mosquito larvae. The activity was in line with the city's efforts to protect Mandaue against a possible dengue outbreak.

Percy Mendoza-Pongasi, the city's dengue coordinator, led the activity Monday.

They gathered wriggler samples from some stagnant waters in Barangays Mantuyong and Subangdako, where dengue cases have been reported.

The wriggler or mosquito larvae samples gathered will be brought to the city health's laboratory to determine if these came from the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a known carrier of the virus dengue.

Mendoza-Pongasi said this is an essential process for them to contact trace the route of dengue and monitor these areas and provide adequate solutions to stop it from spreading.

The CHO also conducted misting and put larvicide in the stagnant waters to kill some possible dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

They also provided house-to-house awareness to the residents and taught them basic precautionary measures to protect their families from the viral disease. (HIC)

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