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Negros Oriental dengue cases are 160% more than they were last year.

Negros Oriental has experienced a 160% increase in dengue incidence this year compared to the same period in 2021.

According to records from the Provincial Health Office (PHO), the province logged 1,067 instances from January 1 to July 30, 2022, compared to 410 cases during the same time period last year.

Six deaths have been reported by the PHO since January of this year, compared to none in 2021.

Among local government units (LGUs), Canlaon City had the most cases (237), followed by Bayawan City with 121 and this capital city with 107.

Bayawan City reported two fatalities, compared to one each in Dumaguete, Guihulgan, Sibulan, and Basay.

Dr. Liland Estacion, assistant provincial health officer, renewed her call for people to clean up their surroundings to help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.

She remarked in a mix of mixed English and Cebuano, “We are expecting the instances to further increase because of the rainy season and for that reason we are appealing for the cooperation of the people to please be aware of their actions.”

Estacion added that in order to protect the students from catching the viral illness, parents and school administrators should take the required precautions beginning on August 23 when classes begin.

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