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Dengue cases up for April, May

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The City Health Office advocates caution anew as dengue cases in the City increased in the past months.

Based on data from the City Health Office, dengue cases for the months of April and May were significantly higher, registering 130 and 188 cases, respectively, as opposed to 97 and 127 cases reported last year for the same time period.

For June, there are already 90 reported dengue cases. A total of 161 cases were documented for June 2016.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos said the trend of dengue cases puts the City near the alert threshold, and without preventive measures implemented immediately, a dengue outbreak may become imminent.

“If we will not do something about the prevention and control [of dengue], we expect an outbreak coming in on July, August, or September. That’s why we are preparing for the city-wide clean-up day on June 24,” Agbulos informed local media during the regular press conference at City Hall on Monday, June 19.

Majority of the dengue cases were from the 11-20 age bracket with 140 cases, followed by the 5-10 age bracket with 127 cases, and the 5 and below age bracket with 88 cases.

To date, a total of five deaths due to dengue have been documented for 2017.

With June set as Dengue Awareness Month, the City Health Office spearheaded a dengue forum for the barangay chairpersons and kagawads for all 98 barangays.

A city-wide clean-up day has also been set for June 24.

The barangays with the most number of dengue cases are San Roque, Tetuan, Talon-Talon, Pasonanca, Calarian, Sta. Maria, Mercedes, Putik, Tumaga, Guiwan, and Divisoria. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)