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Dengue cases drop 36.4% in city

The number of dengue cases in Bacolod City has decreased by 36.4 percent, the latest report from the City Health Office showed.

From January 1 to August 7, Bacolod posted 159 dengue cases, two of which led to death,  Dr. Grace Tan, head of the CHO Environmental Sanitation Division, said.

This figure is lower compared to the 250 cases recorded in the same period last year, the CHO added.

Estefania had the highest number of dengue cases with 23, Tangub – 16, Singcang-Airport and Villamonte – 14 each, Taculing and Mansilingan – 10 each, Barangay 35 and Pahanocoy – 8 each, Alijis – 5, and Bata – 4, a press release from the city said.

Meanwhile, clustering of dengue cases was noted in barangays Pahanocoy, Villamonte, Bata, Estefania, Tangub, Mansilingan, and Vista Alegre in four weeks before August 7, the CHO said.

SYMPTOMS

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease characterized by high fever accompanied by severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands, and rashes.

Despite the decline in the number of dengue cases, the CHO said it continues to take action to curb the mosquito-borne viral infection, like recoridas and fogging or spraying in areas with recorded dengue cases. Larvicides were also distributed to affected communities.

Tan is urging the public to observe the ‘4S’ in the fight against dengue, or search and destroy, use of self-protective measures, seeking early treatment, and saying yes to fogging/spraying.

All probable breeding places of mosquitoes, like containers with stagnant water, must be searched and destroyed, the CHO said.

Individuals are urged to wear long sleeves and long pants, apply mosquito repellants, use mosquito nets or screens as self-protective measures, and seek early treatment by going to the nearest health facility when dengue symptoms show.

The public is also advised to take plenty of fluids, and to promote fogging and spraying in areas with clustering of dengue cases.*

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