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DOH Mimaropa finds 9 more Dengvaxia patients.

NINE more Dengvaxia Vaccine Individuals (DVIs) were identified by the Department of Health (DOH)-Mimaropa through its Dengvaxia Task Force from the province of Palawan.

Mimaropa is composed of the provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.

'All identified DVIs in the region were verified and are now being monitored for any incidence or occurrence of signs and symptoms that may or may not pertain to the injection of the Dengvaxia vaccine,' Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said. 'They are closely being monitored and are being supported in all of their health-seeking needs 24/7.'

As of March 23 the Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (Resu), in coordination with the provincial health offices, identified a total of 121 DVIs in Mimaropa. Most recipients were from Occidental Mindoro, with 58; Oriental Mindoro, 34; Marinduque, 13; Romblon, seven; and Palawan, nine (one from Taytay and eight from Puerto Princesa City).

There were six recorded admissions, but were later discharged after experiencing headache, fever, cold and vesicular rashes. There were no reported casualties.

Resu also reported a decrease of 27 percent on dengue cases in the region with 465 cases compared to 640 cases with the same period last year from January 1 to March 23.

Janairo said most DVIs received the vaccine from private clinics and hospitals and government schools in Calabarzon and at the National Capital Region in 2016. 'One identified DVI was vaccinated in 2012.'

'We are continuously coordinating, gathering and collecting data from physicians in the provinces who have administered Dengvaxia to children ages nine years and above and ready to provide immediate medical assistance when the need arises,' Janairo said.

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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
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Date:Mar 27, 2018
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