CASES of dengue in Negros Occidental have increased by 46 percent from January 1 to 30, 2010, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported to Governor Isidro Zayco.

The cases rose from 53 in 2009 to 98 cases this year, said PHO officer Luisa B. Efren.

Of the number, no mortality or death was reported.

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One died last year of the mosquito-borne disease from Barangay Bacong, Bago City.

A task force on Dengue was formed by the Provincial Government “to address the problem that became a cycle every year” said Zayco.

Actions taken by the PHO include continued massive information to search and destroy places of mosquitoes; encouraged the community to seek early treatment upon early onset of fever; close monitoring and supervision of municipalities and cities with higher incidence of dengue cases.

This year, the areas with a high incidence of dengue cases are the cities of Cadiz, 19; Silay, 16; Sagay, 15; Bago, 7; and 6 each for Talisay City and E.B. Magalona.

Sanitation inspectors were also tapped to conduct thorough monitoring and inspection on health and sanitation at their respective areas of assignment.