- Dengue cases in Eastern Visayas have drastically increased by 228 percent according to health officials in the region
- Health officials have sent a team to the island of Sto. Niño, fearing that there is already a dengue outbreak
- DOH reminded the citizens to take extra measures and effort to prevent being affected by the disease
Health officials in Eastern Visayas are alarmed as the number of dengue cases in the region continue to increase drastically. The dengue death toll as of Saturday morning was 16 and health officials fear an outbreak of the disease in the province.
Roderick Boyd Cerro, chief of the Department of Health regional epidemiology and surveillance unit, said that this year’s dengue fever cases are quite alarming.
“Number of cases increased by 228 percent compared to the same period last year. Dengue mortality rose by 300 percent this year compared to 2015,” said Cerro.
The cases received by health officials were from Baybay City, Capoocan, Palo, Sta. Fe, Tacloban City, and Tolosa in Leye’ Guiuan and Lawaan in Eastern Samar; Lavezares in Northern Samar; Naval in Biliran; and Padre Burgos in Southern Leyte.
According to health officials, the number of reported cases increased by 2,869 since January this year. Further, they also fear that there is already an outbreak in a municipality in Western Samar which is Sto. Niño island. The regional office of DOH in Eastern Visayas has sent a team of health workers to the said municipality to check the dengue outbreak.
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“For areas with many dengue cases, our advice is to conduct fogging operation to kill any adult mosquitoes. This can be done once a week for three weeks to control the mosquito population,” added Cerro.
The Department of Health also advised municipalities in the region to prevent and stop the increasing number of cases by conducting intensified mosquito control operations, coordinating with local government units to spread information about dengue, conducting fogging and larviciding, installing express lanes for dengue cases in hospitals, and purchasing of other essential fluids against the disease.
Cerro further urged citizens who suffer the symptoms of dengue such as sudden high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, rashes, and bleeding from various parts of the body to immediately seek consultation from health workers near their areas. – Kami Media