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Iloilo readies for year-round campaign vs dengue

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Health authorities in Iloilo province are preparing to sustain a year-round campaign against the potentially deadly disease dengue.

Iloilo Provincial Health Office head Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado said all towns in the province recorded dengue cases last year.

Trabado noted some adolescents and young adults who study or work in the city and nearby provinces usually seek dengue treatment in their hometowns (http://thedailyguardian.net/local-news/year-round-campaign-against-dengue-sought/).

She added they have identified areas where clustering of cases occur, which means that three or more cases were detected in four consecutive weeks.

Iloilo PHO encouraged village officials and residents to participate in the “Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue,” which calls for a weekly clean-up drive.

Dengue cases in Iloilo province occur in a three-year cycle. From Jan. 1 to Dec. 22, 2018, PHO recorded 2,193 dengue cases with six deaths – higher than the 1,334 cases recorded in 2017.

In 2018, Dumangas had the most number of cases with 232, followed by Janiuay town with 169 and Ajuy with 142. Tubungan had one dengue case in 2018, down from 10 in 2017. Igbaras had four, Banate had 10, and Guimbal had 13.