NegOcc dengue cases climb to 7,208

The Aedes aegypti mosquito transmits dengue viruses to humans through bites of an infective female Aedes mosquito, according to the World Health Organization. The Provincial Health Office in Aklan recorded 5,320 dengue cases this year. PIXABAY
The Aedes aegypti mosquito transmits dengue viruses to humans through bites of an infective female Aedes mosquito, according to the World Health Organization. The Provincial Health Office in Aklan recorded 5,320 dengue cases this year. PIXABAY

BACOLOD City – The dengue cases recorded in Negros Occidental have reached over 7,000, the Provincial Health Office said.

PHO’s latest data showed a total of 7,208 cases of the mosquito-borne disease recorded as of August this year.

Provincial Health officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang said the latest number is almost double compared to 4,327 cases in the same period last year.

The number of fatalities, according to Tumimbang, also increased to 57 compared to 52 last year.

Based on PHO’s monitoring, Kabankalan City and Murcia have the highest number of dengue cases. Tumimbang, however, clarified that new cases in Kabankalan has dropped to only 36, while the number of new cases in Silay City has jumped to 62.

He added that the drop in the number of the dengue cases in Kabankalan can be attributed to the local government unit’s proactive measures against the deadly mosquito-borne disease. 

Tumimbang also said the number cases are still an overall downtrend, pointing out that the province’s dengue cases peaked on Weeks 31 to 32.

He further stated there is nothing to worry about, although he pointed out the need to sustain the campaign against dengue through cleaning, fogging, and information dissemination.

“We’ve already set the preventive measures and we need to continue it,” Tumimbang said./PN

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