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‘Dissolved oxygen caused fish float’

Trece Martires City, Cavite — The reported fish kill in Tanza, this province, recently was, in fact, a “fish float” caused by dissolved oxygen or low oxygen levels in the water, the Provincial Government-Environment and Natural Resources (PG-ENRO) officer clarified yesterday. Citing the report by Tanza Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), Engineer Roliño Posas said that low oxygen due to changing water temperature was the cause of the incident which the PG-ENRO tagged as a “fish float.” “Lumutang ang mga isda dahil mababa ang oxygen. Kapag nag-iiba ang water temperature  nagkakaroon ng BOD (biological oxygen demand). Actually mga sariwa at buhay ang mga isda na lumutang at nakuha  (The fish floated due to low oxygen. There is the biological oxygen demand when water temperature changes. The fish gathered were fresh …

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Indang chikungunya alert lifted

The chikungunya outbreak alert in Indang, Cavite has been lifted on Monday, October 24. “Cleared na po, tapos na lahat, wala na pong outbreak (All areas were cleared, everything is done, no more outbreak),” Mayor Perfecto Fidel declared. The mayor made the statement after he met with the local health officer, barangay captains and other concerned officials in the town. Dr. Rosa Alegre, the municipal health officer, confirmed in a meeting Monday morning that the municipality’s 36 barangays have been cleared of the mosquito-borne virus following the treatment of suspected cases in each area. The mayor placed the entire municipality in a state of calamity after Dr. George R. Repique, the provincial health office director, declared the chikungunya outbreak last September 30.

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‘High’ hostage-taker gunned down

Camp Gen. Garcia, Cavite — Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) operatives gunned down a hostage-taker reportedly “high” on drugs, ending a four-hour hostage drama that saw the wounding of a 20-year-old woman and an eight-year-old girl in Barangay Salitran I, Dasmariñas City last Saturday. Senior Superintendent Arthur V. Bisnar, Cavite Police Provincial Office (PPO) acting director, identified the hostage-taker as Peter Carpio Adricula, 33, jobless, a resident of Block 19, Lot 12, Regina Ville 2000, Phase II, Barangay Inocencio, Trece Martires City. Adricula succumbed to multiple bullet wounds even before he reached the Pagamutan ng Dasmariñas, a public hospital. Bisnar said Adricula had to be shot after he stabbed his hostages Marian Tarazona, 20, single, and her niece Janielsa Tarazona Fajanil, 8, inside their house. Tarazona and Fajanil were rushed to the nearby Emilio …

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Tanza fish kill being probed

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fish kill reported in Tanza, Cavite. The local Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) confirmed at least 3.5 tons of dead fish, mostly sap-sap, floated in the waters of barangay Capipisa on October 13 and barangays Julugan I and Julugan III on October 14. BFAR said water samples were taken in the areas as part of the ongoing probe to determine the cause or the source of the fish kill. The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), a fisherfolk group, earlier called on the BFAR and other concerned authorities to investigate the fish kill, which it said residents blamed on chemicals from a biscuit factory in the municipality. In a statement, Hicap said: “BFAR should also inspect factories and other industrial firms along Manila Bay …

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243 HIV/AIDS cases recorded in Cavite

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite — The Provincial Health Office (PHO) has intensified its human immunodeficiency virus-acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV-AIDS) campaign, following the 243 cases that were reported in the province’s seven districts this year. Authorities said that HIV-AIDS incidents have increased in the province every year with the total 1,589 cases that were recorded in the area since 1984. The Department of Health (DOH) report ranked Cavite province as No. 1 in terms of HIV/AIDS case number in Region IV-A or the Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) area and No. 2 in the country after National Capital Region. PHO-HIV-AIDS Program Coordinator Haydelisa Maderazo, citing a report from the DOH-National Epidemiology Center, said that the 243 cases were recorded in the province from January to June this year. Of the 243 cases, 222 are people living with …

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Chikungunya cases double since outbreak

Indang, Cavite — The number of chikungunya cases in this upland agricultural municipality had doubled since the outbreak was declared in the area two Fridays ago. The local government confirmed yesterday that are now 820 cases reported in the municipality’s 14 barangays (villages), up by 401 cases since the outbreak was declared which then had 419 cases mostly in five barangays (villages). The cases were observed on the upward trend with the hundreds reported since the outbreak declared last September 30. Chikungunya is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. Although, it is not deadly as dengue, those afflicted suffer high fever, joint and muscle pains, nausea and rash, among other symptoms. The Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU) reported that on October 9, there were 801 cases recorded in the town’s 13 barangays. Last October …

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Indang Chikungunya cases rise

Almost 300 more cases of chikungunya were recorded in two days in 11 barangays in Indang, Cavite, the Provincial Health Office reported Monday, October 10. The Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU)’s October 6 report cited a total of 274 new cases from the 512 tallied two days ago. This has brought to 786 the total number of Chikungunya cases in the said barangays, Health Education Promotion Officer II Annabelle Dilig said. The town is now under a state of calamity because of the outbreak. While Chikungunya’s symptoms—high fever, joint and muscle pains, nausea and rash, among others—are similar to dengue’s, it is not as deadly.

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Chikungunya in Indang rises and spreads to another village

Indang, Cavite — The number of chikungunya cases in this municipality continued to increase as the mosquito-borne virus spread to another barangay (village) in the first week of this month, authorities reported yesterday. In its Oct. 4 report, the latest update report, the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU) said that the cases in Indang now totaled 512, up by 42 from its previous week. The previous report or morbidity week covering the Jan. 1-Sept. 27 period showed that there were 470 in the municipality with the cases mostly reported in Barangays Agus-os, Guyam Malaki, Guyam Munti, Calumpang Cerca and Poblacion III. In an interview with this reporter Friday, Mayor Perfecto V. Fidel confirmed that the 42 new cases were reported in Daine, another barangay (village). Fidel was in the field monitoring the situation and …

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Chikungunya recorded in 5 barangays in Cavite

INDANG, Cavite – Mosquitoes carrying chikungunya virus struck in five barangays (villages) in this first-class upland municipality, prompting authorities to declare outbreak and state of calamity in the area. In an interview on Wednesday (October 5, 2016), Mayor Perfecto V. Fidel said it may take two weeks to contain the virus which has already afflicted 470 residents, of whom 51 were affected in the latter week of September. Fidel tagged Barangay Agus-os as the most severely affected, along with Guyam Malaki, Guyam Munti, Calumpang Cerca and Poblacion III. “We have big lands, it will take at least two weeks to contain the (chikungunya) virus,” the mayor said. Fidel declared a state of calamity in the municipality on Monday after health officials announced the outbreak last Friday. With the calamity state declaration, Fidel said he …

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Chikungunya outbreak in Indang forces state of calamity

Indang, Cavite — This first-class upland municipality was placed under state of calamity due to chikungunya outbreak in the area. Dr. George R, Repique Jr., Provincial Health Office head, declared the outbreak last Friday after chikungunya afflicted 51 more residents on the third week of September this year. Chikungunya is a virus transmitted by infected mosquitoes to humans. Just like dengue, its symptoms are high fever, severe joint and muscle pains, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Officials said that only chinkungunya has much lower mortality rate as compared to dengue. The virus ratio is one death in every 1,000, a report said. There were 470 cases recorded in Indang in Morbidity Week 37 or the period covering January 1 to September 24, according to the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU). During the previous week, …

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