LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- The province of Pangasinan remains free from the dreaded Japanese encephalitis (JE) amid reports that an eight-year-old girl allegedly died from the disease.
This was disclosed by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa de Guzman, citing a joint investigation of the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) and Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU) showing that the girl from Asan Norte in Sison, Pangasinan died of dengue last September 3.
This rectified the claim of the victim's mother quoting a doctor from the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center who attended to her daughter as saying that she died because of Japanese encephalitis.
This means that, to date, the province of Pangasinan does not have any patient diagnosed with Japanese encephalitis, a disease also caused by mosquito bite like dengue and has symptoms similar to dengue.
The girl from Sison was first brought to a hospital in Rosario, La Union and after that, to the La Union Provincial Hospital in Agoo.
The premature diagnosis sans basis that the girl died of Japanese encephalitis caused panic in both Pangasinan and La Union and the doctor who made this observation may be liable under the law, De Guzman said.
De Guzman explained that the girl did not have any meningeal symptoms, among them rigidity in the neck which is common among those inflicted with Japanese encephalitis.
The PHO has ordered misting operations in Asan Norte, Sison where the dengue fatality came from to drive away mosquitoes that cause dengue and even Japanese encephalitis. (PNA)