Baguio battles dengue

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BAGUIO CITY: Alarming rise of dengue cases reported in this city prompted the City Health Services Office to call for massive community action in destroying mosquito breeding sites in homes, backyards and barangay.

City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (CESU) head Dr. Donnabel Tubera said the clean-up campaign was recommended following a report of 226 dengue cases were recorded from October 1 to 24. The cases were comparatively higher, compared to 30 cases recorded during the same period of last year. The same trend was noted in September, with 261 cases as against the 61 cases last year.

Last week, the city government launched “Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD)” with a directive from acting City Mayor Edison Bilog for all 129 barangays in the city to conduct simultaneous clean-up drives.

Tubera said dengue cases usually peaks during the rainy season and should be on the downtrend by now, but because of climate change it has become a year-round concern.


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