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Dengue cases in Iloilo up 261 percent

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The number of dengue cases between January 1 and March 2, 2019 has increased by 260.8 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (PHO).

A total of 617 dengue cases with four deaths have been recorded, up by 446 cases.

PHO chief Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado urged the people to clean their surroundings regularly to prevent the spread of the flu-like disease affecting infants, young children, and adults.

“We have been dutifully monitoring the number of cases since January. We expect a spike because we know Iloilo Trabado said.

Aedes egypti and aedes albopictus mosquitoes mainly breed in standing water.

Symptoms of dengue fever include sudden, high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, severe joint and muscle pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, skin rash which appears two to five days after the onset of fever, and even mild bleeding.

The 10 areas with the most number of dengue cases were Pototan (100, with one death), Passi City (54), Lambunao (31), Concepcion (31, with one death), Bingawan (27, with one death), Barotac Viejo (27), Calinog (24), Pavia (22), Estancia (22), Sara (19), and New Lucena (one death).