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Lamok ang kalaban: DOH cautions Bora tourists vs dengue

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Unless officials act quickly, tourists who flock to newly rehabilitated Boracay Island could be at risk for dengue, the Department of Health said.

The DOH in Western Visayas suggested that local officials reactivate the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD) or Dengue Task Force.

DOH-6 Assistant Regional Director Ma. Julia Z. Villanueva said the barangays at high risk include Yapak, Balabag, and Manok-manok, following a survey last July 9-13 (https://thedailyguardian.net/local-news/boracay-at-risk-of-dengue/).

Boracay is due to be reopened this month after a six-month environmental rehabilitation.

Villanueva said they found many breeding sites for dengue-carrying mosquitoes, worsened by dirty surroundings and the absence of garbage dumpsites.

The DOH survey showed Barangay Balabag had 36 positive dengue breeding sites out of 100 households while Barangay Manoc-manoc had 34 and Yapak had 29.

In most cases, Villanueva aid drums and containers that hold water serve as breeding grounds for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

She urged barangay officials to maintain the cleanliness of the community and practice the “4-S Kontra Dengue.”