Dengue cases drop by 55%

DENGUE cases in Pangasinan dropped by 55 percent from January to September 7 this year and the decline is attributed to the community quarantine being imposed by the government.

Provincial Health Officer Anna de Guzman said that there were 2,289 dengue cases recorded with 13 deaths this year compared to last year’s 4,968 cases with 12 deaths.

“The community quarantine helped as people had more time to clean their surroundings especially that the rainy season is not yet over to prevent dengue-carrying mosquitoes from breeding,” De Guzman said.

She appealed to the officials of the following towns and cities with double-digit cases and considered as hotspots to conduct stricter monitoring and implement more activities to combat dengue: Bugallon (228), San Carlos City (210), Malasiqui (132), Calasiao (129), Dagupan City (124) and Alaminos City (121).

Meanwhile, De Guzman said 20 leptospirosis cases with three deaths were also reported from January up to Sept. 7 this year compared to last year’s 94 cases with 18 deaths or a decrease of 80 percent for leptospirosis, a bacterial infection spread to human through breaks in their skin from dogs, rodents and other farm animals through their urine especially in stagnant floodwater or in soil during rainy season, De Guzman said.

She added that the community quarantine being imposed also helped in lessening the number of leptospirosis cases as there were no school children playing in stagnant floodwater. (PhilStar Wire Service/ECV)

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