Dengue cases up; 6 deaths since January PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2016 15:38

The City Health Office (CHO) has announced an increase in dengue cases in Zamboanga City with six deaths from January to present.

Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, city health officer said for January 2016 they recorded 289 dengue cases, February 189, March 214, April 97, May 128, and for June 91 and still counting.

For January 2015, the office registered 218 dengue cases, February 180, March 126, April 60, May 107, and June 242.

CHO has also recorded six dengue fatalities since January this year in the entire city. The office recorded four deaths for January 2016, March, one death, and May, with one death.

“January, February, March and even May we have seemingly more number of cases as compared to previous years ...so meaning to say ta subi ya el numero del caso de dengue. We are pushing for the prevention and control of dengue na barangays,” Agbulos said.

Relative to this, the city health officer is encouraging clean up drive in barangays to help fight dengue.

Dengue is a viral disease usually affecting infants and young children. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which lay eggs on clear and stagnant water, are the spreader of the disease.

The signs and symptoms of dengue fever include: sudden high fever; joints and muscle pains; skin rashes; nose bleeding; vomiting of coffee colored mattered; and, dark colored stool.

Agbulos advised residents to continue practicing the “4S” strategy in a bid to further lessen the cases of dengue in the region.

The 4S strategy include the following: search and destroy; self protection measures; seek early consultation; and, say yes to fogging only when there is an impending outbreak. — R.G. A A. Go