Dengue cases shoot up by 875% in Janiuay, Iloilo

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Dengue cases shot up by a whopping 875 percent in Janiuay town in Iloilo in the first 10 months of 2018, compared to the same period in 2017 the Iloilo Provincial Health Office said.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Maria Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon said Janiuay has had 154 confirmed dengue cases with two deaths from January to October.

During the same period last year, the town recorded only 16 cases, she said.

One barangay had a clustering of cases, or at least three cases detected in four consecutive weeks, Quiñon said.

Data from the PHO data showed Barangay Jibolo had five dengue cases since January.

Dumangas town had 134, while Ajuy town had 93 cases including two deaths.

Quiñon advised residents to be watchful of the symptoms of dengue, and to keep their surroundings clean and dry to prevent dengue-carrying mosquitoes from breeding.