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Dengue fever is causing concern, as cases in Baguio have nearly doubled.

BAGUIO CITY, PHILIPPINES β€” The spike in dengue hemorrhagic fever cases in the region has alarmed local health officials, with the number of cases nearly doubling.

According to information from the City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit, there were 82 dengue cases documented by Disease Reporting Units in the city from January 1 to March 31, 2022, according to Public Information Office-Baguio Director Aileen Refuerzo in a phone interview on Monday.

“Compared to the same period in 2021, this is a 95.23 percent rise,” she said, referring to the 42 cases in the first quarter of 2021.

She said no deaths had been reported, but the majority of the patients had been admitted to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, with clustering of cases found in two villages, Bakakeng Central and San Luis Village barangays.

She went on to say that the youngest patient was nine months old and the oldest was 68 years old, according to CESU data.

Meanwhile, from April 3 to 16, 16 cases of dengue fever were reported, compared to only one case during the same period last year.

As of March 26, 656 illnesses and one fatality had been reported in the region, according to Rio Magpantay, Regional Director of the Department of Health Cordillera (DOH-CAR).

Magpantay informed the municipal government of the increase in dengue cases in a letter dated April 8.

“Because regional data has surpassed the alert threshold, increased implementation of the enhanced 4S against this lethal mosquito-borne disease is recommended,” Magpantay warned the municipal authorities.

Officials from the barangays have been enlisted to conduct an education campaign in their jurisdictions and to take the lead in dengue preventive and control efforts.

“Let us keep the place clean and eliminate any mosquito breeding grounds.” Health officials have expressed alarm over the rising number of cases of dengue fever, and Refuerzo cautioned that “we should not take it for granted.”

Search and Destroy Mosquito Breeding Places; Self–Protection Measures by utilizing window screens, mosquito nets, protective clothes, and insect repellents, according to an alert posted on the office’s official social media page on a regular basis. Request a consultation as soon as possible, and only allow fogging in hotspot areas.

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