June 2, 2023

The City Health Services Office (CHSO) reported dengue fever cases in the city increased by 700 percent.

The CHSO said 1,036 cases were recorded from Jan. 1 to Oct. 4, which represents a 700 percent increase from the 144 cases reported during the same period last year.

Dr. Donabel Tubera-Panes, CHSO Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit head, said they are closely monitoring dengue fever cases because of the significant increase in cases.

She said the age range of the cases is from one month old to 90 years old with a median age of 26 years.

She added majority of the cases are male, which accounts for 53 percent while 47 percent of the cases are female.

Based on the data obtained from the CHSO, 13 percent of the cases belong to the 15 to 19 years old age group.

During the period, Panes said there were 10 dengue-related deaths where seven are male and three are female.

She said the CHSO recorded clustering of cases from Sept. 12 to Oct. 4 in barangays Camp 7, Bakakeng Central, Irisan, Santa Escolastica, San Vicente, Bakakeng Norte/Sur, and Happy Homes-Old Lucban.

Panes urged residents to continue observing the 4 o’clock habit by eliminating the breeding ground of dengue carrying mosquitoes.

She added aside from searching and destroying mosquito breeding sites, residents must also seek early consultation when they experience symptoms of the illness, such as continuous fever; and wear long-sleeves and long pants.

The last time there was a surge in dengue fever cases was in 2016. – PIO release