DENGUE cases in the province has increased by 153 percent from January to July 3 this year with 834 patients compared to only 329 cases of the same period last year.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang said that to contain the increase of dengue cases in the province, they are now distributing larvaecide to the public schools and enable to destroy the breeding places of the mosquitoes.

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According to Tumimbang, there were three deaths reported due to dengue brought upon by mosquito bites.

Among the areas that have high cases of dengue were the cities of Silay, Cadiz, Talisay, Sagay, and Himamaylan.

In Bacolod City, a drop of dengue cases was noted this year with 343 cases and three deaths from 480 cases with four deaths last year.

Dengue is one of the concerns of the Department of Health because of the significant increase of the cases all over the country especially at this time of the rainy season. (Teresa Ellera-Dulla)