The Iloilo City Government is not imposing a lockdown despite the outbreak of pertussis in the metropolis.

“Lockdown measures will not be resorted to as an outbreak response for pertussis,” Executive Order (EO) No. 46 stated.

The EO “providing for health measures and outbreak response for pertussis” was issued by Mayor Jerry Treñas on Wednesday, March 27.

Under the EO, confined or probable cases of pertussis must proceed to nearest health facilities or hospitals for proper assessment and management.

Those who are at high risk are advised to strictly adhere to standard precautions and additional transmission-based precautions including but not limited to wearing of face masks and proper hand washing.

High-risk individuals are those less than 12 months of age, with comorbidities, and exposed to probable cases of pertussis as well as pregnant women at more than 32 weeks of gestation.

People who had close contact with suspected and confirmed cases of pertussis or whooping cough yet remain asymptomatic must daily self-monitoring for 21 days.

The city is currently under a state of calamity due to the outbreak of the highly contagious bacterial respiratory infection.

As of Tuesday, March 26, the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit has recorded seven confirmed cases of pertussis.IMT