Dengue Cases Reach 5,099; Local Gov'ts Mobilized

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Dengue fever cases continue to rise despite the government's effort to counter the threat.

The Department of Health (DoH) revealed yesterday that dengue cases now stand at 5,099 from January to July 13 with 50 deaths nationwide.

Health Secretary Manuel Dayrit, however, said the figures is still within the expected range. "We are doing everything to avert the rise in cases. The number is still low compared to the 1998 epidemic."

Dayrit said that an epidemic is expected to happen this year should there be complacency among government leaders, the community, and individuals.

He enjoined local authorities, especially on the barangay level, to work vigorously in their respective localities to maintain few cases and avoid further deaths.

The DoH confirmed that many areas were found to have clustering of cases. These are in Malaria, Tala, Caloocan, Sauyo Road in Quezon City, Malaya St. in Tondo, Manila; Banago, Mandalagan, Taculing, and Tangulo in Bacolod City; Quebell, San Jacinto, and Cato in Pangasinan; NHB, FVR, Norzagaray, Mahabang Parang, and Sta. Maria in Bulacan; and Marikit, Pantabangan, Macapang, and Rizal in Nueva Ecija.

Other areas where clustering was identified were Pinagdalayan and Dolores in Quezon; Apas, Banawa, Capitol Hills, Guadalupe, and Guinsay in Danao City; Nivel Hills, Lahug, Lawaan, Minglanilla, DAS, and Lotopan, Toledo City; San Roque, Manbaling, Opao, and Mandaue City; Yati and Liloan in Cebu; Balulang, CDO, Bayabas, Zone 4, Bugo, Carment, Gusa, Kauswagan, Lapasan, and Puntod in Cagayan de Oro City.

The National Capital Region and Central Visayas continue to rank high in terms of cases with 1,217 and 1,311, respectively. Fifty-three (53) percent of the afflicted were males, mostly belonging to the 1 to 9 years age group.

It was also reported that Guadalupe in Cebu City has an increasing number of dengue cases.

He lauded the efforts of local officials and school authorities in sustaining their clean up campaign in their respective communities. He stressed the need to identify and destroy breeding sites as it is the best way to prevent the spread of dengue.

"To prevent an epidemic depend largely on us. This is a preventable disease and we can always do something to stop this mosquito from multiplying," he said. …