Dengue incidents post 660% increase in October

BAGUIO CITY – Dengue fever cases shot up further last October chalking up a whopping 664.7 percent increase with a total of 260 cases from last year’s record of 34 incidents.

The figure topped the 510.71 percent increase in cases posted last August where a total of 342 cases were listed as against the 56 cases for the same period last year.

Records from the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) under Dr. Donnabel Tubera of the City Health Services Office showed that from January 1 to November 4 this year, the city has a total of 1,187 cases as against the 374 cases listed during the same period last year for a 217.38 percent increase, with no fatality.

The incidents started to rise in June by 42.85 percent and ballooned in July with a 211.76 percentage hike. The upturn peaked in August with 510.71 percent surge and dropped a little last September with a 322.95 percent increase.

For October alone, 28 barangays exhibited a clustering of cases led by Irisan with 18 cases; Loakan Proper and Bakakeng Central with 11 cases each; and Bakakeng Norte and Camp 7 with 10 each.

The other barangays are Trancoville, ABCR, Pacdal, Aisn Road, Dominican Mirador, City Camp Central, Honeymonn-Holyghost, Camp Allen, Middle Rock Quarry, Kias, Gabriela Silang, San Vicente, Loakan-Liwanag, Loakan-Apugan, City Camp Proper, San Luis Village, Pinget, Sta. Escolastica, Victoria Village, Sto. Tomas Proper, Fairview, Slaughterhouse, Camp 7 and Poliwes.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan and city health officer Dr. Rowena Galpo reiterated the need to sustain the 4 o’clock habit strategy focusing on the stop, look and listen strategy: stop – shift task for mosquito control, look – search and eliminate mosquito breeding places, and listen – heed instructions for the synchronized implementation of the 4 o’clock habit. /A Refuerzo


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