SAN JOSE, Antique – A total of 1,881 Antiqueños fell ill with dengue from January to Oct. 12 this year, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported.
These dengue cases were 120.26 percent higher compared to the 854 cases recorded in the same period last in year, according to PHO information officer Irene Duldoco.
Dengue so far killed three Antiqueños this year. The fatalities were in the municipalities of Hamtic (June), Patnongon (July), and San Jose (September).
The disease is transmitted by the bite of Aedes mosquitoes. These are day-biting mosquitoes that live and breed in clear, stagnant water.
Dulduco bared the breakdown of dengue cases per month:
* January – 69
* February – 56
* March – 43
* April – 49
* May – 61
* June – 161
* July – 573
* August – 631
* September – 212; and
* October – 34.
PHO is urging the public to sustain the campaign against dengue by keeping their surroundings clean. This eliminates mosquitoes’ breeding sites such as rainwater settling in tree holes, gutters, cans, and used tires, among others. (PIA-Antique/PN)