Dengue outbreak still on in Zamboanga City PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 April 2013 11:16

The declared dengue outbreak in Zamboanga City remains in place as the City Health Office (CHO) tallied in new cases for the month of April.

According to Dr. Dulce Amor Dagalea, medical officer of the CHO’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, a total of 90 dengue cases have been reported for the month, including one death.

This brings the number of dengue-related mortality in the city to 11 for this year.

These numbers, however, are significantly lower as compared to the cases reported earlier from January – February 2013. Dengue incidences during this period peaked at 300 cases and 10 deaths, leading to concerted efforts from the local government and multisectoral groups to stem the tide of the dengue outbreak.

In the meantime, the CHO will redouble its efforts to implement measures to curb the rise of dengue cases, including the conduct of regular clean-up drives, and mobilization and involvement of the academe sector in contra-dengue activities.

Areas that continue to remain vulnerable and most affected by dengue are the barangays of Sta. Maria, Talon-Talon and Tumaga, added Dr. Dagalea. — Jasmine Mohammadsali