Dengue cases up by 79% with 2 deaths-A A +A
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Cases of dengue in Negros Oriental increased by 79 percent with two reported deaths, the Department of Health (DOH) said.
The Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (Pesu) of DOH in Negros Oriental said 351 dengue cases in three major hospitals in Dumaguete City were reported from January 1 to June 16, this year. Records of Pesu also show that there were 196 dengue cases with zero death recorded in the same period last year.
Most victims are ages between four months to 70 years old and 53 percent were male. Majority of the cases were coming from Dumaguete City - 149 cases, Bayawan City -36, Tanjay City -28, Bais City -16 and Sibulan town, 16.
A five-year-old from Sibulan died in January this year and a three-year-old boy from Bacong town died in May.
Pesu chief Dr. Socrates Villamor clarified that there is no dengue outbreak. He also reminded residents to maintain cleanliness in the surroundings.
Villamor also advised parents to seek immediate consultation to avoid fatalities. (Sunnex)