BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Cases of dengue fever are nearing epidemic levels in this highly-urbanized provincial capital as cases more than double as of 4 June 2022 compared to the same period last year.
Physician Grace Tan told DNX the city is nearing epidemic level as cases rise by close to 130 percent – 188 cases with four dead as of the current reporting period compared to the same period last year that only had 82 cases with two dead.
Tan, who heads the environmental sanitation division, added the urban villages of Tangub and Estefania had the most number of cases at 20 each with Tangub having clustering of cases since 14 May, this year.
Tan said clustering means the occurrence of many cases in a week or successive occurrences week on week.
CHO data also showed that current spike mostly affects those in the median age of 14 among the age range of 3 months to 77 year-old individuals.
“Wala gid siya sang that much of a preference, pero with the age group sa male ang pinakadamo gid is 11 to 20 years old, sa female we have one to 10 years old,” Tan said.
The division persists in its campaign and implementation of the 4S against dengue – search and destroy all possible breeding of mosquitoes, seek early consultation, use of self protective measures, and say yes to fogging/spraying only when there is clustering of cases.
“For most, we advocate gid sang sustainable ta nga measure which is the clean up gid kay it’s an individual responsibility and pag-eradicate sang breeding place sang aton nga lamok,” Tan said.