ILOILO CITY: The Department of Health (DOH) in Western Visayas raised the alert level against dengue fever in the region, following the alarming upsurge of incidence with 3,653 cases and eight deaths in the last five months this year.
Medical Officer IV, Dr. Rose Marie Lamirez, said the disease outbreak caused by the vector Aedes aegypti, mosquitoes, has reached 153 percent increase in the region compared to the 2015 level of 1,446 cases and three deaths from January to June 11 2015.
The province of Iloilo posted the highest upturn in the region with a 197 percent increase, 1,035 incidence and 3 deaths. The city of Iloilo registered a 103 percent increase with 170 cases and 1 death, compared to 133 cases with zero death in 2015.
Reported with an upsurge of dengue incidents are six villages during its 23 morbidity week from January to June 2016. These are Barangay Cabanga-an, Badiangan; Ipil, Calinog; Poblacion Concepcion; Poblacion SE Zone, Lemery; Cabugao Norte, Sta Barbara; and Tad-y, Sara.
Lamirez said the other figures for dengue in the first half of this year are 929 cases and four deaths in Negros Occidental; 522 cases but zero death in Capiz; 369 cases in Aklan; 311 cases in Antique, and 125 cases in Bacolod City, all without casualty; and 11 other cases.
The regional office doubled up efforts for the implementation of 4S in the barangay
through the Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue (ABKD) campaign – Search and destroy breeding places of mosquitoes, Self protection against mosquito bites, Seek early consultation at the nearest health center, and Say yes to fogging when there is an impending outbreak.
The residents’ full cooperation is also encouraged, particularly in keeping their respective communities, to arrest the spread of the fatal disease barring gender and age.
Lamirez added that although January to June this year are considered summer months with severe El Niño effects, the people usually stocked up water for household use, which also became breeding places for Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.
Meanwhile, the DOH allayed fears on the spread of Chikungunya and Zika cases in the region, although mosquitoes are also the carrier vector of these diseases, aside from dengue.
It said that 35 cases of Chikungunya were recorded in 2016 and 14 cases in 2015, while two Korean tourists were reported to be afflicted with Zika.