59 new dengue cases reported, 2 brgys under hotspot watch

Zamboanga City has 59 new dengue cases from June 26 to July 2, the City Health Office reported Monday, July 4.

However, the reported 59 cases did not reach the epidemic and alert threshold levels. Likewise, no dengue-related deaths were reported for this morbidity week.

As of July 2, the cumulative total of dengue cases in Zamboanga City sits at 2,886 cases. The most affected age-group remains to be the 0-9 years old with 1,487 cases and the 10-19 years old with 911 cases.

Meanwhile, 2 barangays are currently being closely being monitored after having been identified to be hotspot areas.

Barangays Pasonanca and San Roque are currently hotspot areas, defined as areas with a clustering of cases with increasing numbers in two consecutive weeks.

On the other hand, barangays Calarian, Tumaga, and Putik currently have a clustering of cases, which is defined as three or more cases in a barangay for four consecutive weeks.

Barangays under monitoring for increasing dengue cases are barangays Limpapa, Calabasa, Boalan, La Paz, Tolosa, and Mangusu.

To curb dengue cases, residents are strongly urged to observe 4 o’clock habit with the 4S Kontra Dengue, which involves measures to search and destroy breeding sites, particularly stagnant waters; seek early consultation; use self-protection such as insect repellent and using long sleeves and pants; and say ‘yes’ to fogging in areas where cases are high.

Dengue is transmitted through a bite of dengue-infected Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.  These mosquitoes can lay eggs in any space or container that holds clear and stagnant water like a bottle cap, dish dryer, plant axil, gutter, trash can, old rubber tire. They usually bite between 2 hours after sunrise and 2 hours before sunset and can be found inside and outside the house. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)