Ilonggos urged: Sustain anti-dengue efforts


Dengue cases in Iloilo City have dropped below the epidemic threshold, the City Health Office (CHO) said.

CHO officer-in-charge Annabelle Tang, however, urged the public not to be complacent and continue their anti-dengue activities in schools and barangays.

“The regular clean-up drive to get rid of mosquito breeding places must be sustained,” said Tang.

From January 1 to 4, this year, the Iloilo City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit recorded seven cases of dengue with zero deaths. (

Last year, from January 1 to December 31, it recorded 3,329 dengue cases with 16 deaths.
The 2019 dengue cases were 278.7 percent higher than 2018’s cases.

In July last year, the Sangguniang Panlungsod declared a state of calamity due to dengue.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness that could sometimes be fatal. Its carriers are day-biting mosquitoes (Aedes albpictus and Aedes aegypti) that live and breed and clean, stagnant water.