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An alarm is raised by the health office as dengue cases increase in Iloilo City.

The City Health Office (CHO) has urged the public to accelerate the “4S” strategy’s adoption as a preventative step in light of the region’s rising dengue fever cases.

In a news conference on Wednesday, Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Roland Jay Fortuna stated that the city had 38 cases with two fatalities from January 1 to January 31 and that the numbers were growing.

According to the dengue statistics, Lapuz district has the highest cases (15), followed by Arevalo with seven, Mandurriao and Jaro with five each, Molo with three, City Proper with two, and La Paz with one.

The two fatalities were a 15-year-old male from Arevalo district and a 28-year-old male garbage collector from Mandurriao district.

The fact that this year will be four years before the most recent dengue outbreakβ€”which occurred in 2019β€”concerns us. Two deaths have occurred already in January, according to Fortuna.

Dengue is an acute viral infection brought on by a mosquito bite, particularly one from an Aedis aegypti, a low-flying mosquito that is typically active from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to Dr. June Frances Umani, the CHO’s lead person for the prevention of emerging and re-emerging diseases.

High-grade fever that lasts for two to seven days, headache, joint and muscle discomfort, eye pain, and weakness are some of the symptoms. Complications can show up as rashes, bleeding, or dark stools, among other symptoms.

The “4S” plan, according to Umani, calls for the public to step up its efforts to find and eradicate mosquito breeding grounds, seek early advice when necessary, practice self-defense techniques, and assist fogging operations when an outbreak occurs.

The CHO is currently preparing its dengue reaction, Fortuna continued.

To find mosquitoes that transmit the disease, dengue vector surveillance is being done, especially in locations where there are cases.

The regular rains raise the issue that the misting is ineffective since the water dilutes the chemical, rendering it ineffective at killing mosquitoes.

In addition to those opening in district health facilities, Umani said the city government is prepping its mobile hospital for use as a hydration unit.

“Our dengue fast lane is now available. Residents of our city are urged to seek advice and will be allowed to use our fast lanes if they exhibit dengue symptoms, he said.

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