June 14, 2024

Dengue fever cases in the Baguio City have risen by 155.69 percent this year.
Records from the City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit of the City Health Services Office showed a total of 202 cases have been logged from Jan. 1 to June 19 this year as compared to 79 cases recorded in the same period last year.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong and City Health Officer Rowena Galpo advised residents to be vigilant against the disease even while guarding against the Covid-19.
“Apart from Covid-19, we should also be on guard against dengue fever which is another health concern,” the mayor said.
They urged residents to practice the 4S strategy in dengue prevention and control: search and destroy mosquito breeding places; self-protection measures (use window screens, mosquito nets, wear protective clothing, and use insect repellents); seek early consultation; and say no to indiscriminate fogging.
CESU Head Donnabel Panes said the age range of the patients is from eight months old to 90 years old and 30 percent of them belong to the 10 to 14 and 15 to 19 age groups.
Majority or 52 percent were female.
Cases began to increase last May and ballooned in June.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection common in tropical countries like the Philippines.
Its symptoms are fever of 40 degrees Celsius/104 degrees Fahrenheit accompanied by two of the following symptoms: severe headache, pain behind the eyes, severe muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, and skin rash which usually last for two to seven days. – Aileen P. Refuerzo