W. Visayas dengue cases up 30%; Negros cases drop-A A +A
Saturday, June 16, 2012
THE Department of Health in Western Visayas has confirmed the increase of dengue cases this year by about 30 percent compared to the cases last year.
Per DOH regional office record, from January 1 to June 2 this year, there were 1654 dengue cases in the whole region from 1125 cases last year.
In a press conference held in Sugarland Hotel, Dr. Joji Jimenez, Dengue Regional Medical Coordinator also confirmed that the number of deaths also increase this year with 28 from 15 deaths last year.
All over the region, Iloilo City registered the highest number of cases with 553, Iloilo province-382; Negros Occidental-217; Aklan-163, Guimras-111; Bacolod City-85; Capiz-72; and Antique-60.
Jimenez pointed out that the decrease on the number of cases in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City could be due to massive information campaign.
In Negros Occidental, from 499 cases last year, it has decreased to 215 this year while in Bacolod City from 190 last year to only.
The DOH has been encouraging cleanliness to avoid the mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus.
THe DOH also confirmed that there are already mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus that bites during daytime.
This after it was proven that the normal dengue mosquito carriers that it's during night time.
Female mosquitoes are the carriers of the dengue.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 16, 2012.