Bacolod City Health Office Raises Dengue Alert As Cases Increase

The City Health Office (CHO) has again reminded Bacolodnons to seek immediate medical attention if they have symptoms of dengue as the num ber of cases in the city climbed in the first five months.

Dr. Grace Tan, head of the CHO Environmental Sanitation Division, said dengue symptoms include fever, headache, severe joints and muscle pain, fatigue, vomiting, and skin rashes.

Aedes aegypti, the transmitter of dengue, is a day-biting mosquito.

In figures that came out Thursday, the CHO reported that from January to May 13, 2017, a total of 297 dengue cases were reported in Bacolod, higher by 103 percent compared to the previous year’s 146 cases for the same period.

Since January this year, four young boys succumbed to dengue.

Tan said the CHO had started fogging in public elementary and high schools as a measure to fight dengue for the opening of classes in June.

She said they were conducting fogging in support of the Brigada Eskwela of the Department of Education this week.

After this week, the fogging will continue in all other public schools, Tan said.

In the past months, the CHO distributed larvicidal powder to all 61 barangays as part of the local dengue prevention and control efforts.

Distributed were clinoptilolite larvicide or “kitikitix” placed in a stagnant water to kill the eggs of dengue-carrying mosquitoes. The city government purchased 150 bags of the chemical for distribution.

From January to May 13, Barangay Handumanan posted the highest number of cases, with 31; Barangay Mansilingan, 25 cases; Barangays Alijis and Mandalagan, 21 each; Barangays Estefania and Granada, 20 each; Barangay Villamonte, 19; Barangay Sum-ag, 18; Barangay Tangub, 17; Barangay Taculing, 16; Barangay Vista Alegre, 15; Barangay Banago, 12; Barangay Singcang-Airport, 11; Barangay Pahanocoy, nine; Barangay 1, seven; Barangays 2 and Bata, four each; Barangay 27, three; and Barangays 23, 35, 37, and Cabug, two each.(NLG/PNA)

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