The Philippines has reported a significant increase in dengue fever, topping 100,000 cases through mid-August, an increase of 16 percent over the same period the previous year.
In the Western Visayas province of Capiz, the dengue situation is up 111 percent. According to health department records, Capiz has reported 1,278 suspected dengue patients from January 1 to Aug. 27.
The increase in the mosquito borne viral disease has prompted the Capiz provincial government to bring in a half dozen fogging machines.
Provincial Health Education and Promotion Officer Ayr Altavas said that the province is now on alert threshold and the fogging machines will help a lot in the endeavor that the mosquito – based disease will not become locally epidemic like in 2010.
Priority for the giving of the fogging machines will be schools as most of the suspected dengue patients fall under 1 to 10 years old and 11 to 20 years old age brackets.