Dengue cases continue to rise in Pangasinan

DESPITE SUMMER

DENGUE case continues to rise in Pangasinan this year despite the hot weather.

Records at the Provincial Health Office (PHO) show that from January 1 to May 7 this year there were 1,152 cases of dengue, including five deaths, compared to only 427 cases and three deaths for the same period in 2017.

Kimpee Sayson Cruz of PHO told newsmen during the KBP Forum on May 10 that eight towns and two cities in Pangasinan were already included in the dengue watch list.

Urdaneta City leads in the number of dengue cases at 141; followed by Binmaley, 69; Mangaldan, 61; Asingan 59, Lingayen, 59, San Carlos City, 59; Bayambang, 50, Sta. Barbara, 49, Bolinao, 45, Binalonan, 41.

PHO records show that January reported 613 dengue cases, February, 263; March, 141; and April 133.

The five deaths registered were reported in Anda, Binmaley, San Carlos City with one each and two in Urdaneta.

Cruz said dengue is no longer a seasonal disease that strikes only during the rainy season but is now an all-year round disease.

He said there were more cases of dengue registered in January than either in February, March or April because there were still many stored water during that month where mosquitoes laid their eggs.

Urdaneta City, he said, continues to maintain the lead in the number of dengue because of its big population and its urbanized setting as compared to the town of Burgos, a mountainous area, which registered only one dengue case so far this year.

Cruz said the PHO continues to remind municipal health offices to intensify their information education campaign versus dengue in order to encourage people to clean their surroundings to drive away mosquitoes that can cause dengue.

He also reminded the public to adopt the 4S in fighting dengue: Search and destroy; Seek early consultation; Self-protection measures; and Say ‘yes’ to fogging if there is outbreak or clustering of dengue cases. (Leonardo Micua)

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