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Dengue threatens Iloilo anew

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While hot days are beginning to give way to rainy ones, dengue is starting to rear its ugly head in Iloilo.

On this note, health authorities cautioned residents to take precautions as dengue poses a great risk to children 10 years old and below.

Citing its data, the Iloilo Provincial Health Office said more than half of the 1,846 dengue cases recorded in Iloilo province from January 1 to May 18 are 10 and below.

“Children aged one to 10 years old are the most affected age group. They are followed by 11 to 20 years old with 583 dengue cases, 21-30 years old with 167 cases, 31-40 years old with 56 cases, and 41 years old and above with 65 cases,” said Dr. Maria Socorro Quiñon of the Provincial Health Office.

Quiñon added dengue already claimed 10 lives in the province from January 1 to May 18, with the latest casualty a seven-year-old girl from Pototan.

PHO data also showed the 1,846 dengue cases is 495 percent higher compared to the same period in the previous year.

From January to May 2018, the province only recorded 312 cases with one death, Quiñon added.

Worse, she said they expect the number to increase especially with the onset of the rainy season.

Quiñon encouraged parents to monitor their children especially when they are suffering from fever for two to three days.

She also said the local government units should spread awareness among their constituents.