CASES of dengue fever in Negros Oriental are increasing every day, the Department of Health (DOH) in Dumaguete City said.

Record of the provincial epidemiology surveillance unit of the DOH showed that there is an average of eight cases a week or a total of 26 cases from June 16 to July 7, 2010.

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Dr. Socrates Villamor, chief of the provincial epidemiology surveillance unit, said that increasing number of cases is due to the onset of rainy season.

He clarified that the increasing number of dengue cases in the province is not alarming but he appealed to the residents to be vigilant against dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

Villamor renewed his call to barangay officials to lead their constituents in the fight against dengue.

He also reminded residents to exercise the "Four S" -- search and destroy mosquito, breeding sites; self protection; seek early consultation; and saying no to indiscriminate fogging.

He also urged parents to practice self-protection measures by using protective mosquito nets, insect repellent lotion, and window screens.

Meanwhile, Villamor said the overall status of dengue cases in Negros Oriental this year decreased by 56.35 percent compared to the same period in 2009.

Records also show that a total of 237 were recorded from January to July 7, 2010 compared to 543 cases in the same period in 2009 with a decreased of 306 cases. (Victor L. Camion)