Dengue cases in Iloilo spike by 65%

The number of dengue cases in the province of Iloilo went up by 65 percent in 2018.

The Provincial Health Office (PHO) recorded 2,193 cases of dengue, including six deaths, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 22.

The figure was higher compared to 1, 331 with eight deaths in the same period in 2017.

The town of Dumangas had 232 cases, the highest in the whole province.

Janiuay came in second with 171, including two deaths. It was followed by Calinog (130 with one death), Passi City (107), Oton (103), Pototan (95), Pavia (90), Sara (77), and Leganes (61).

Tubungan had the least number of dengue cases with only one. Igbaras had four; Banate, 10; Guimbal, 13; and Barotac Viejo, 16.

Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado, PHO chief, urged barangay officials to take the lead in the implementation anti-dengue programs.

Dengue, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), “is a mosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness and, sometimes causing a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.”

Its symptoms include fever, severe pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, and skin rashes.IMT