Officials with the Philippines Department of Health’s (DOH) Epidemiology Bureau reported today that there are 36,664 dengue cases reported covering the period from January 1 to February 23, 2019. This is 14,703 or 67% higher compared to the same time period last year (21,961 cases).
This has prompted the DOH to remind the public to practice the 4-S campaign against dengue: Search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites, secure Self-protection measures like wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts and daily use of mosquito repellent, Seek early consultation, and Support fogging/spraying only in hotspot areas where increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak.
Dengue is now a year-round disease in the Philippines affecting mostly young children and infants.
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