BAGUIO CITY: For the past four weeks, 26 out of the 128 barangay (villages) here have had clusters of dengue cases, City Health Services Office (CHSO) head Dr. Rowena Galpo said.

She said these villages are Bakakeng Norte with 26 cases; Irisan, 24; Loakan Proper, 19; Bakakeng Central, 15; Kias, 14; San Luis Village, 13; SLU-SVP Housing Village, 13; Asin Road,10; Lucnab, 8; Pacdal, 7; Camp 7, 7; and Pinget, 6 cases.

Others are Country Club Village, 5 cases; Pinsao Proper, 5; Pinsao Pilot Project, 5; Dontogan, 5; San Vicente, 5; Lower Quirino Hill, 4; Gibraltar, 4; South Central Aurora Hill, 4; Fairview Village, 4; Balsigan, 3; Lower Rock Quarry, 3; Engineer's Hill, 3; Saint Joseph Village, 3; and Guisad Central, 3 cases.

The World Health Organization website describes dengue as "a viral infection transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The primary vectors that transmit the disease are Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and, to a lesser extent, Aedes albopictus."

Dengue signs and symptoms include fever, headache, rashes, joint pains, vomiting, fatigue and pain behind the eyes.

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Galpo said anyone experiencing these symptoms should immediately consult medical professionals at nearest health centers, clinics or hospitals.

On June 23, Mayor Benjamin Magalong rallied the "troops" composed of local government employees and police personnel to fight dengue during Baguio's launching of "Denguerra Day Thursday (War Against Dengue)" at the City Hall grounds.

He said the activity shows the city's serious resolve to combat this latest health threat and encouraged residents to join in a united and concerted effort against the deadly disease caused by infected mosquitoes.

The anti-dengue campaign will be conducted every Thursday until July subject to extension if necessary and is spearheaded by the CHSO with Sanitary Division head Charles Bryan Carame as dengue program coordinator.

The first batch of participants was deployed to several heavily-infected barangay to do Oplan Taob/Search and Destroy mosquito breeding sites together with the Anti-Dengue Brigade of each village.