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Dengue cases in Iloilo rise to 669

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The number of dengue cases in Iloilo rose to 669 as of March 2, 2019, the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (PHO) said.

This was 281 percent higher compared to 171 cases recorded last year.

Citing Dr. Maria Socorro Quiñon, The Daily Guardian reported that 42 local government units (LGUs) in the province have reported dengue cases in their respective areas.

“We anticpate the reported cases because every second and third year, dengue cases have been increasing since 2016,” Quiñon said in the vernacular.

Out of the total dengue cases, Pototan has the highest number of dengue cases with 99 and one death. It was followed by Passi City (68), Calinog (38), Binggawan (33, with one death), Lambunao (31), Concepcion (30, with one death), Barotac Viejo (26), Pavia and Estancia (22), Sara (19), Dingle and Dumangas (17) and New Lucena (6 with one death).

According to the PHO officer, they are conducting indoor residual spraying activities on barangays with clustering of dengue cases.

She also urged barangays to clean-up potential breeding places of the mosquitoes.

“The spraying activity only targets adult mosquitoes so we need to sustain and assure that mosquitoes cannot reproduce by targeting the breeding grounds. Barangays should practice Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue which includes clean up of potential breeding grounds,” Quiñon said.