Dengue surges 597% in Iloilo province


ILOILO CITY — A recorded high of 597-percent increase in cases of mosquito-borne disease dengue in Iloilo province.

Dr. Patrica Grace Trabado, chief of the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (IPHO), satted there were 2,453 dengue cases recorded between January 1 and June 1 this year. In comparison, there were 352 dengue cases for the same period of last year.

This provoked Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. to call for an emergency meeting with municipal mayors and municipal health officers.

Defensor stressed the “high sense of urgency” for communities to cooperate as dengue cases have reached an alarming level.

The component city of Passi had the greatest number of dengue cases with 200 for the first half of the year.  This is a enormous 800-percent increase as compared to the same period of last year, which only had 25 cases.

A rising number of dengue cases is also recorded in the towns of Pototan, Concepcion, Ajuy, Santa Barbara, Calinog, Pavia, Sara, and New Lucena.

In the meantime, Defensor and health officials restated the call to clean the surroundings and to destroy breeding places for mosquitoes.

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