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Nagsabay! Iloilo braces for dengue mosquitoes under El Nino occurrence

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As if the hot weather from El Nino were not enough, authorities in Iloilo City are bracing for the possibility of another danger: dengue.

The Iloilo City Health Office said the hot weather from El Nino could spawn breeding sites of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

City Health Officer Dr. Bernard Caspe said this is due to residents stocking water in their houses, which will allow dengue-carrying mosquitoes to breed.

Worse, he cited studies indicating El Niño can shorten the maturity time of the mosquitoes and increase its virulence.

He also noted an increasing number of dengue cases in the first months of 2019, with 250 with three deaths as of February.

This is higher than the 42 cases recorded in the same period last year, he added.

Caspe said his office has been conducting misting in public and private schools, and barangays across the city.

He also talked to Iloilo City Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Director Ferdinand Panes and the City Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) to oblige barangay chiefs to procure misting machines and larvicide.

Also, he urged barangay officials and residents to conduct a clean-up every Saturday.

“We want (that) everyone will have their responsibility to address the spike of dengue cases in the metro,” he said.