Negros Dengue Cases Up By 174% In 1st Half Of 2016

Dengue cases in Negros Occidental rose to the alarming level of 174 percent from January 1 to June 4 this year, a report from the

Provincial Health Office showed.

During the same period last year, there were 945 dengue cases reported this year, or an increase of 601 cases compared to 344 last year, the records showed.

Four dengue deaths were also reported with two in San Carlos City, and one each in La Carlota and Hinobaan.

The report added that affected by dengue ranged from one month to 94 years old, with the majority belonging to the one- to 10-year old age group.

The highest number of dengue cases this year were in Silay City with 140, San Carlos City – 92, Himamaylan City – 83, Bago City – 72, Kabankalan City – 63, Victorias City – 53, Cauayan – 41, La Carlota City – 40;

Sagay City – 40, Talisay City – 38, Hinigaran – 30, Binalbagan – 26, Calatrava – 22, Ilog – 22, San Enrique – 21, Pontevedra – 20, Cadiz City – 16, E.B. Magalona – 16, Escalante City – 15, Isabela – 14; and

Manapla – 14, Murcia – 14, Sipalay City – 12, Valladolid – 9, Moises Padilla – 7, Candoni – 6, Hinoba-an – 6, La Castellana, S. Benedicto – 4, Toboso – 3, and Pulupandan – 2.

Dengue hemorrhagic fever is an acute infectious disease manifested initially with fever caused by the day-biting mosquito aedes aegypti.

The Department of Health advised the public to cover water drums and water pails at all times to prevent mosquitoes from breeding, replace water in flower vases once a week, clean all water containers once a week;

Scrub the sides of containers well to remove eggs of mosquitoes sticking to them, clean gutters of leaves and debris so that rainwater will not collect to be breeding places of mosquitoes, and old tires used as roof support should be punctured or cut to avoid accumulation of water.

Collect and dispose of all unusable tin cans, jars, bottles and other items that can collect and hold water, it added.* (Eugene Y.Adiong)